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The World United Through Football

Bore Draw

Group D:
France vs England (1:1)
Donbass Arena, Donetsk.

England football fan

England football fan (Photo: ixtlan)

France and England battled it out on the hot grass of Donetsk.

The first great chance of the game came to James Milner in the fifteenth minute, thanks to a defence-splitting through ball from Ashley Young. Milner did the hard work to get the ball around Hugo Lloris then fluffed his lines with an open goal to his right.

The watching Wayne Rooney screwed his face in disappointment.

The French might have tried to play a prettier football but with more half-chances, England finally edged ahead on the half-hour mark.

The World United Through Football France 0 –  England 1
Jumping a little too early, Joleon Lescott drew his head back and drove it towards the high, swirling free-kick from England captain, Steven Gerrard.

Five minutes later Joe Hart had to be at his acrobatic best to keep England in front.

The World United Through Football France 1 –  England 1 (39 mins)

England’s failure to press the French might have been partly to blame for the equaliser.

With France passing the ball around the edge of the England penalty area, England seemed content to sit tight; a compactness of white shirts in front of Man City stopper, Joe Hart.

Perhaps it was one of those white shirts that blocked his view, but there’s no taking it away from Samir Nasri’s strike.

Half-time: France 1 –  England 1

Whatever happened to the second-half?

Was it the heat? Was it the fear of losing? Was it perhaps the fear of winning?

Even the referee didn’t know when to make the right call.

The fans became a little unsettled: whistles, horns, half-attempts at a chorus of the National Anthem. Even a French fan is shown fast asleep.

A draw is probably a fair result as neither team deserved to steal this in the last five minutes.

Maybe it’s time to forget about group stages at these tournaments and make it a straight knockout; with no penalty shoot-outs.

Final Score: France 1 –  England 1

Teams

Travel to France
1-Hugo Lloris; 5-Philippe Mexes, 4-Adil Rami, 3-Patrice Evra, 2-Mathieu Debuchy; 18-Alou Diarra, 15-Florent Malouda, 6-Yohan Cabaye; 7-Franck Ribéry, 10-Karim Benzema, 11-Samir Nasri.

Travel to England
1-Joe Hart; 15-Joleon Lescott, 6-John Terry, 3-Ashley Cole, 2-Glen Johnson; 17-Scott Parker, 4-Steven Gerrard, 20-Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, 16-James Milner; 22-Danny Welbeck, 11-Ashley Young.

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June 11, 2012 - Posted by | England, Euro 2012, France, Match Reports | , , , , , , ,

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