Belgium leave France teetering on brink

Published: Wednesday 11 August 2010, 21.47CET
France 0-1 Belgium
France's finals aspirations are hanging by a thread after Benjamin Mokulu Tembe's early goal set the Red Devils on course for a relatively easy win.
by Cerf Xavier
from Stade de la Rabine
Belgium leave France teetering on brink
France striker David Ngog (right) had little joy against Belgium's Toby Alderweireld ©Getty Images

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Goals scored0
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Yellow cards4
 
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Goal attempts6
 
8
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Published: Wednesday 11 August 2010, 21.47CET

Belgium leave France teetering on brink

France 0-1 Belgium
France's finals aspirations are hanging by a thread after Benjamin Mokulu Tembe's early goal set the Red Devils on course for a relatively easy win.

France's aspirations of reaching the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship are hanging by a thread after a 1-0 defeat by an impressive Belgium side.

Victory in Vannes would have sent Eric Mombaerts' team level with Ukraine atop Group 8, three points clear of their opponents with a game in hand. Always a stiff task, prospects were even bleaker when Benjamin Mokulu Tembe broke the deadlock on eight minutes, latching onto Mehdi Carcela-González's fine pass and firing in. Johann Carrasso had already denied Joachim Mununga in a one-on-one and, aside from a couple of late half-chances, the home side never looked like mounting a comeback.

Belgium will seal a top-two spot with victory against Slovenia on 3 September; barring a slip-up by the Red Devils, Les Bleus need to beat section leaders Ukraine in Kyiv on the same night to keep their realistic hopes alive. Crowned UEFA European Under-19 Championship winners last month, France will need to hone their attacking creativity after mustering little more than a David Ngog header from a long pass and a Nolan Roux shot.

"It's a big disappointment," said Roux. "We had some good moments but not enough to create any real chances. They scored at the beginning of the game – maybe we were less efficient, physically, thereafter. But we really wanted to win. It's a loss but I believe we can win our remaining games and go through to the European championship."

Last updated: 12/08/10 9.41CET

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1Johann Carrasso (GK)1Simon Mignolet (GK)
2Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa2Brecht Capon
3Franck Tabanou3Toby Alderweireld
Yellow Card10'
4Granddi N'Goyi4Dedryck Boyata
Substitution86'
5Eliaquim Mangala5Denis Odoi
6Maxime Gonalons
Yellow Card63'
6Radja Nainggolan
Substitution78'
7Jonathan Biabiany
Yellow Card31'
Substitution63'
7Joachim Mununga
8Steven N'Zonzi
Substitution58'
8Mehdi Carcela-González
9Nolan Roux9Benjamin Mokulu Tembe
Goal8'
10David Ngog (C)10Sven Kums (C)
11Karim Aït-Fana
Substitution46'
11Yassine El Ghanassy
Substitution90'

Substitutes

16Kevin Olimpa (GK)12Cyprien Baguette (GK)
12Sébastien Corchia13Naim Aarab
Substitution86'
13Samuel Souprayen14Christian Bruls
14Damien Marcq15Yoni Buyens
15Marvin Martin
Substitution58'
16Joeri Dequevy
Substitution90'
17Bakary Sako
Substitution46'
Yellow Card83'
17David Hubert
Substitution78'
18Emmanuel Rivière
Substitution63'
Yellow Card73'
18Katuku Tshimanga

Coach

Eric Mombaerts (FRA) Jean-François De Sart (BEL)

Referee

Luca Banti (ITA)

Assistant referees

Gianluca Cariolato (ITA), Matteo Passeri (ITA)

Fourth official

Sebastiano Peruzzo (ITA)

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