Ukraine edged closer to Brazil at the expense of much favoured French opposition
Premier League stars were at the forefront of an embarrassing French performance that could see them miss out on a World Cup place in the summer.
Hugo lloris, the undeniable number one of both Tottenham and France was left frustrated after conceding twice, despite Ukraine only having four shots on target. The first goal which was mainly down to incredibly poor defending perhaps should have been saved by the Tottenham man as it scrambled into the bottom left hand side of the goal.
The second goal however, was down to nothing more than abysmal defending from the Arsenal centre-back Laurent Koscielny. The Ukrainian striker got around him and in the box, when he unexcusably brought the player down for a point blank penalty decision.
The Arsenal defender AGAIN made a fool of himself when he was sent off in the 90th minute for violent conduct.
The Arsenal man at the other end had a frustrating night, as he was coped with excellently by the Ukraine defensive unit and allowed him to do very little during the game. Giroud had two shots overall in the game but couldn’t make either of them count, and was generally dealt with well from the long ball.
Loic Remy had a quiet game really, without being able to get a chance at goal and Newcastle team-mate Mathieu Debuchy held the fort well at right back, but struggled to drive the side forward. Moussa Sissoko came on with half an hour to go but couldn’t change the result of the game.
Manchester United captain Patrice Evra was perhaps the pick of the bunch defending well and consistently trying to create something, but couldn’t make it happen. Equally, Manchester City star Samir Nasri also had a positive effect on the game, playing in his usual boom or bust manner, having three shots, two of which on target, two key passes and a high accuracy of pass completion.
Overall, a deeply disappointing night in Ukraine for the Premier League stars, who will now be looking at family holidays for around July, rather than packing their football boots.