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1943: HALFTIME: Ukraine 0, France 0.

There continues to be opportunities at both ends. Mexes rises at the back post and powers a header at goal which is saved well by Myatov. That was the last chance of a bright and breezy half.

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1935: And now a chance for Shevchenko. The striker chests down a high ball over the top of the France defense and strikes a half-volley that Lloris bats away. That’s Ukraine’s best chance so far. Five minutes until halftime.

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1929: What a chance for Menez! An overhit pass to Gusev at right back is stolen by Ribery, who cuts inside and crosses for Benzema in the middle of the area. The ball goes behind the Real Madrid striker but finds Menez, whose first-time shot is blocked by the legs of Myatov.

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1923: The pitch is holding up well after such an unbelievable downpour only an hour ago. Andriy Yarmolenko goes close for Ukraine, coming in from the right before hitting a low left-foot shot that goes just the wrong side of the post.

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1915: France has the ball in the back of the net but it’s disallowed for offside, correctly so. Franck Ribery played in Jeremy Menez, who slotted home a neat finish, but the Ukraine defense had stepped up very quickly. That’s good defending. Still 0-0.

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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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