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France 1-1 Ukraine: Defending champions held in opening World Cup qualifier

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Serhiy Sydorchuk scoresUkraine lost 7-1 against France at the Stade de France in October

France were held to a surprise draw by Ukraine as they got their 2022 World Cup qualifying campaign under way.

The world champions began confidently and deservedly went ahead when Antoine Griezmann superbly curled a left-foot effort into the corner from 18 yards.

However, Ukraine held firm in defence and levelled when Serhiy Sydorchuk's deflected shot wrong-footed France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris.

In Wednesday's other Group D fixture Finland drew with Bosnia-Herzegovina.

Norwich forward Teemu Pukki scored twice for the hosts with Miroslav Stevanovic and Barcelona midfielder Miralem Pjanic scoring for the visitors.

It had looked like being a comfortable evening for Didier Deschamps' France side when Griezmann's expertly registered his 34th international goal.

But Chelsea forward Olivier Giroud was twice unable to convert good opportunities to score and Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman appeared to have a valid penalty claim when he was brought down by Ukraine goalkeeper Georgi Bushchan.

Those moments provided the visitors with the impetus to hit back, with Sydorchuk's effort their first on target but only after a significant diversion off France defender Presnel Kimpembe.

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While the hosts introduced Paul Pogba and Anthony Martial, the visitors merited their hard-fought point.

Line-upsMatch StatsLive Text

Line-ups

France

Formation 4-2-3-1

1Lloris2Pavard4Varane3Kimpembe21Hernández13Kanté14Rabiot15Coman7Griezmann10Mbappé9Giroud1Lloris2PavardBooked at 30mins4Varane3Kimpembe21Hernández13Kanté14Rabiot15ComanSubstituted forDembéléat 64'minutes7Griezmann10MbappéSubstituted forMartialat 77'minutes9GiroudSubstituted forPogbaat 63'minutes

Substitutes

5Lenglet6Pogba8Lemar11Dembélé12Dubois16Mandanda17Sissoko18Zouma19Digne20Martial22Ben Yedder23Maignan

Ukraine

Formation 5-3-2

1Bushchan21Karavaev3Zabarnyi4Kryvtsov22Matvienko16Mykolenko7Shaparenko5Sydorchuk17Zinchenko8Malinovskiy9Yaremchuk1Bushchan21Karavaev3Zabarnyi4Kryvtsov22Matvienko16Mykolenko7ShaparenkoSubstituted forZubkovat 86'minutes5SydorchukSubstituted forKovalenkoat 79'minutes17Zinchenko8Malinovskiy9YaremchukSubstituted forJúnior Moraesat 73'minutes

Substitutes

2Sobol6Syrota10Konoplyanka11Marlos12Pyatov13Konoplya14Mykhaylichenko15Zubkov18Makarenko19Júnior Moraes20Kovalenko23TrubinReferee:Tobias Stieler

Match Stats

Home TeamFranceAway TeamUkrainePossessionHome63%Away37%ShotsHome18Away3Shots on TargetHome3Away0CornersHome12Away0FoulsHome17Away3

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    Match ends, France 1, Ukraine 1.

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