Brazil v France, 01 July 2006

Score1-0 to France
RefereeLuis Medina Cantalejo
CompetitionFIFA World Cup Quarter-final
VenueCommerzbank Arena, Frankfurt
Attendance48,000
Kick-Off: 21:00 Local (20:00 BST) Assistant referees: Víctoriano Giráldez Carrasco (Spain) Pedro Medina Hernández (Spain) Fourth official: Mark Shield (Australia) Fifth official: Ben Wilson (Australia) Man of the Match: Zinedine Zidane (France) Thierry Henry's superb volley sent holders Brazil out of the World Cup as France moved into the semi-finals. Inspired by man-of-the-match Zinedine Zidane, France were the better side in the first half, but failed to create clear chances to trouble Dida. That changed just before the hour when Zidane swept a free-kick to the far post where it was sumptuously volleyed past the Brazilian goalkeeper by Henry. Fabien Barthez denied Ronaldo late on to set up a semi-final with Portugal. Prior to that save Barthez had flapped on a couple of occasions, but it was a mark of Brazil's lacklustre play that Ronaldo's shot came in stoppage time. Brazil had strolled their way to the quarter-finals, but Carlos Alberto Parriera's side had no answer to a France team that combined defensive discipline with some wonderful attacking play. France's route to the last eight has involved plenty of huffing and puffing, but the knockout stages have brought out the best in Raymond Domenech's side. Zidane was magnificent throughout, while after the interval the speed of Henry and Franck Ribery unsettled the Brazilian defence. This was the fourth meeting between Brazil and France in the World Cup finals. Brazil won the 1958 semi-final 5-2 in Stockholm, France also won a quarter-final in 1986 in Guadalajara (on penalties after a 1-1 draw) and , of course, the 1998 Final 3-0 in Paris.

0  Brazil

Manager: Carlos Alberto Parreira

1  France

Manager: Raymond Domenech

Goals:

Goals:

Thierry Henry 57 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Dida
Defender Cafu (captain)
Defender Juan
Defender Roberto Carlos
Defender/Centre back Lucio
Midfielder Gilberto Silva
Midfielder Kaka
Midfielder Ronaldinho
Midfielder Ze Roberto
Forward Ronaldo

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Fabien Barthez
Defender Eric Abidal
Defender William Gallas
Defender Willy Sagnol
Defender Lilian Thuram
Midfielder Claude Makelele
Midfielder Franck Ribéry
Midfielder Patrick Vieira
Midfielder Zinedine Zidane (captain)
Forward Thierry Henry
Forward Florent Malouda

Substitutions:

Adriano for Juninho Pernambucano 63
Cicinho for Cafu 76
Robinho for Kaka 79

Substitutions:

Sidney Govou for Franck Ribéry 77
Sylvain Wiltord for Florent Malouda 81
Louis Saha for Thierry Henry 86

Cards:

Cafu 25 Y
Juan 45 Y
Ronaldo 45 Y
Lucio 75 Y

Cards:

Willy Sagnol 74 Y
Louis Saha 87 Y
Lilian Thuram 88 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Júlio César
Goalkeeper Rogerio Ceni
Defender Cicinho
Defender Cris
Defender Gilberto
Defender/Centre back Luisão
Midfielder Emerson
Midfielder Carlos Mineiro
Midfielder Ricardinho
Forward Adriano
Forward Fred
Forward Robinho

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Gregory Coupet
Goalkeeper Mickaël Landreau
Defender/Right back Pascal Chimbonda
Defender Gael Givet
Defender Mikael Silvestre
Defender/Centre back Jean-Alain Boumsong
Midfielder Vikash Dhorasoo
Midfielder Alou Diarra
Forward Sidney Govou
Forward Louis Saha
Forward David Trezeguet
Forward Sylvain Wiltord

Comments:

This defeat brings to an end Brazil's World Cup finals all-time record of 11 consecutive wins since they lost 0-3 to France in the 1998 Final. That was also the last World Cup finals game when they failed to score. In his 20th World Cup finals appearance - a record for a Brazilian player - Cafu received his sixth yellow card. That is more than any other player in the competition's history.

Comments:

France's victory means that the World Cup semi-finals will be contested between four European nations for the the fourth time. The last time was in 1982 in Spain when France were joined by 2006 semi-finalists Italy and Germany.