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Ribéry and France down Tymo’s Ukraine

Ukraine versus France in Euro 2012 Group D was also a head-to-head between Anatoliy Tymoshchuk and Franck Ribéry, as the two FCB men squared off on Friday evening in Donetsk. Ribery it was who starred as the French won 2-0 thanks to a double strike early in the second half from Jeremy Menez (53) and Yohan Cabaye (56). Next Tuesday’s final round of matches will decide who emerges from the section, with both France (4 points) and Ukraine (3) holding their destiny in their own hands.

Just as the national anthems began playing, a severe thunderstorm broke over the brand new Donetsk arena, and although referee Björn Kuipers (Netherlands) whistled proceedings underway, he was forced to bring the teams off after four minutes due to the torrential rain and copious forked lightning.

Ribéry in form

Play resumed around an hour later, and although the first half was goalless, the 49,000 crowd were treated to fine entertainment, Ribéry pulling the strings for the dominant French, with the co-hosts waiting for their chance on the break.