KYIV (Ukraine), Sep 5 Anthony Marshall’s first goal in five years was not enough as France drew 1-1 with Ukraine in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday to avoid a five-year loss. The fantastic goal from midfielder Mykola Shabarenko put Ukraine in the spotlight just before half-time, and Marshall finished tied for 50th with a poor result. France lead Europe Group D with nine points in five matches, while Finland are second with five points but have played less than two games. After beating Kazakhstan 1-0, the Finns are ahead of Ukraine, only third. goals, and moved to face France in Lyon on Tuesday. France missed striker Kylian Mbeki, who injured his right calf in a 1-1 draw against Bosnia and Herzegovina on Wednesday. He suffered a similar injury at the end of last season. Marshall took his place, but a brilliant pass from Manchester United player Paul Pogba in 44th place cleared him up. Marshall tried to put it between the legs of goalkeeper Andre Bido but he was saved Shaparenko rolled the ball from 20 meters as French defender Kurt Souma failed to clear a crossbar as Ukraine Shaparenko celebrated his first international goal at Dynamo Kiev’s field of play, as the crowd erupted and new coach Alexander Petrakov stepped onto the sideline. France coach Didier Deschamps presses the ball as Adrian Robbie soars high to crush Kingsley Common cross when Marshall equalizes for Karim Benzema. It was only Marshall’s second goal for Les Pleas; His other was against Italy; Benzema came on for the last 30 minutes and his excellent film gave Massa Diab a big chance, but he attacked this post after being surrounded by a defender. Teshchamps is the performance of Aurélien Soumany, who excelled in central midfielder in his first start. Earlier in Helsinki, despite striker Joel Bozanbalov’s goal in the 60th minute, Finland managed to beat Kazakhstan two points. (A B)
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