Saturday, 1st July
France Knock Out The World Champions
Brazil vs France
In seven previous encounters Brazil have only won two games and drawn three (although they
went out to France on penalties in the quarter-final at Mexico 1986).
France also won the France 1998
World Cup Final (3:0) and the Confederations Cup match in Suwon (2:1).
Brazil's wins were a 1992 friendly in Paris (2:0) and the Stockholm
semi-final (5:2) at Sweden 1958.
Juan was probably lucky not to get a red card, just before half-time, for a two footed
sliding tackle from behind on Patrick Vieira as he ran towards the goal. But the Brazilian
will miss the semi-final; if they win here.
France had to re-take the free-kick, a little nearer, and Ronaldo was
booked for handball on the edge of the area (although they were in the area and it should
have been a penalty for France).
With the second free-kick blasted into the wall, the chance for France
to go into the changing room in front was wasted.
Patrick Vieira headed wide from a Zidane free-kick, just after the
break, as France tried to get the advantage.
Zidane's 57th minute free-kick was much better, as Thierry Henry
slipped in at the far post; to volley France into the lead.
Four minutes later, Franck Ribery's trickery on the left almost forced
an own-goal from Juan.
After Ronaldo dived in the French area (another yellow card would have
ended his game), France broke on the counter-attack and Dida had to spread himself at the
edge of the area to stop the threat.
Ronaldo's dive worked two minutes from the end and earned Lilian
Thuram a yellow card.
Just ouside the penalty area, Ronaldinho wasted the free-kick and
blasted over the bar.
France ended Brazil's reign as World Champions.
0 - France
0:1 Thierry Henry (57)
Brazil: (Captain Cafu/Nelson Dida)
1 Nelson Dida; 2 Cafu, 3 Ferreira Lucio, 4 Juan, 6 Roberto
Carlos; 8 Kaká, 10 Ronaldinho, 11 Jose Ze Roberto, 17 Gilberto Silva,
19 Pernambucano Juninho; 9 Ronaldo.
France: (Captain Zinedine Zidane)
16 Fabien Barthez; 3 Eric Abidal, 5 William Gallas, 15 Lilian Thuram, 19 Willy Sagnol; 4
Patrick Vieira, 6 Claude Makelele, 7 Florent Malouda, 10 Zinedine Zidane, 22 Franck
Ribery; 12 Thierry Henry.
Referee: Luis Medina Cantalejo
63 Mins (Brazil) - 7 Adriano on for 19 Pernambucano Juninho
76 Mins (Brazil) - 13 Cicinho on for 2 Cafu
76 Mins (France) - 9 Sidney Govou on for 22 Franck Ribery
79 Mins (Brazil) - 23 Robinho on for 8 Kaká
81 Mins (France) - 11 Sylvain Wiltord on for 7 Florent Malouda
86 Mins (France) - 14 Louis Saha on for 12 Thierry Henry
25 Mins - Cafu (Brazil)
45 Mins - Juan (Brazil)
45 Mins - Ronaldo (Brazil)
73 Mins - Willy Sagnol (France)
75 Mins - Ferreira Lucio (Brazil)
87 Mins - Louis Saha (France)
88 Mins - Lilian Thuram (France)
0 Red Cards.
2006 World Cup Finals - Knockout Stage.
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