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1910: France’s players are enjoying more possession in the early stages and seem to be coping better on the wet turf since the match has resumed. Benzema had a slight opening in the area, but delayed on the ball and was eventually crowded out by defenders.

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1902: The match has restarted and, almost straightaway, Benzema smashes in a fierce shot that is parried by goalkeeper Pyatov.

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1858: The stadium announcer says the match will shortly resume. Good news. The match will restart at 4:20 minutes.

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1854: France coach Laurent Blanc has been walking out on the pitch with tournament director Martin Kallen, surveying the state of the pitch. It is much better than it was, but still very, very wet out there. Referee Kuipers has also come out and is seeing how the ball rolls in the worst-affected area of the pitch. There’s not much bounce there. The fans in the stadium are cheering _ they want this game to restart!

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1845: The groundsmen are out in force, prodding the sodden areas of the pitch. It’s stopped raining, so the situation looks a lot roser.

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1835: It’s ironic that the chorus of the song being played in the stadium is, “Let It Rain Over Me” by Pitbull ft. Marc Anthony. Nice choice! It’s still raining…

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1830: Patches of the pitch are completely waterlogged. Ukraine coach Oleg Blokhin is standing in the tunnel, looking concerned and with a towel wrapped around his shoulders. UEFA says play will not resume before 2000 local time (1900 Polish time). So, the two matches will definitely overlap if Ukraine-France resumes. Not sure television companies will be happy with that!

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