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Sakho Sends France To Brazil

A brace from Mamadou Sakho saw France overturn a two goal deficit from the first leg as they ran out 3-2 aggregate winners over Ukraine to qualify for the FIFA World Cup in Brazil next year.

France went into the second leg qualifier trailing 2-0 on aggregate after losing in Ukraine in the first leg, but a brace from Sakho and a goal from Karim Benzema handed them a 3-0 win at the Stade de France on Tuesday night, and thus saw them into the World Cup.

France came into the game knowing that they had to attack and that is just what they did as Paul Pogba came bitter close in the eighth minute after meeting a corner-kick, but he saw his header go narrowly wide of the post.

Two minutes later and Benzema also went close with a header from a yard out, but it too went over the target.

In the 22nd minute, however, France did find the opening goal as Sakho made the most of a goalmouth scramble to poke the ball home from a couple of yards out, 1-0.

Four minutes later and Pogba was in the thick of the action again with a rasping shot from just outside the box, but his effort went just over the bar.

France continued to press forward and were rewarded with their second goal in the 33rd minute, again after some sloppy defending by Ukraine which resulted in a goalmouth scramble and this time Benzema was on hand to slam the ball home, 2-0.

The second 45 was more of a cagey affair as a goal for either team could seal their fate and Ukraine came close four minutes after the restart as Roman Bezus fired a curling effort inches wide of the post.

Playing in front of their home crowd, however, France started to take the ascendency and found the goal they so desperately needed in the 72nd minute.

Patrice Evra fired in a headed clearance at goal which was saved and found its way out to Valbuena who shot at goal, his effort finally being turned home by Sakho from four-yards out, 3-0.

Ukraine tried to find their way back into the game, but France held on for the 3-0 win and place in Brazil next year.

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