France v England, 11 June 2012

Score1-1
RefereeNicola Rizzoli
CompetitionUEFA European Championship Finals Group D
VenueDonbass Arena, Donetsk
Attendance47,400
Kick-off: 7.00pm local (5.00pm BST) Assistant referees: Renato Faverani (Italy) Andrea Stefani (Italy) Fourth official: Pavel Královec (Czech Republic) Additional assistant referees: Gianluca Rocchi (Italy) Paolo Tagliavento (Italy) Man of the Match: Samir Nasri (France) French fears of a resolute England display proved founded as Roy Hodgson's men resisted their opponents' second-half pressure to claim a 1-1 draw in Donetsk, Samir Nasri having earlier brought Les Bleus level. Hit by injuries and missing the suspended Wayne Rooney, England upset many predictions by taking the lead as Joleon Lescott buried a close-range header on the half-hour. Hodgson had himself sprung a surprise by naming Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in his starting XI, but it was Nasri, briefly the Arsenal FC man's team-mate, who rounded off the evening's scoring close to half-time to leave these old rivals with a point apiece. After all the talk of an essentially counterattacking approach, England made a bright start, stringing passes together and generally looking to build from the back – but appearances were soon revealed to be deceptive after Nasri began poking and probing. The Manchester City FC midfielder nearly found Karim Benzema with a lovely scooped pass over the defence and also fired narrowly wide from distance, before England's first real chance came from a quick break. What a chance it was too as Scott Parker released Ashley Young, who in turn sent James Milner clear on goal, only for the midfielder to pull his shot wide having rounded Hugo Lloris. Joe Hart had to fling himself low to his left to deny Yohan Cabaye soon after, but England's pace on the counter was now earning caution from their opponents. Their breakthrough came from an entirely different route to goal, however. With a strike reminiscent of Frank Lampard's opener against Les Bleus at UEFA EURO 2004, Lescott leapt to head in Steven Gerrard's free-kick from wide on the right. And France nearly followed up with an identikit effort, Diarra connecting powerfully with Nasri's delivery and forcing Hart into an excellent save – then angling his second header wide after Franck Ribéry had kept the danger alive. England's relief was short-lived as Nasri curled a sublime shot inside club-mate Hart's near post from outside the area six minutes before half-time, Ribéry laying the ball back to him to crown an incisive move. The interval could not come soon enough for the men in white as France hunted a second, and the pressure continued afterwards as Hart narrowly beat Nasri to Milner's under-hit back pass. In hot conditions, the game gradually become more attritional, although Benzema tested Hart with a thunderous drive from 25 metres and Parker blocked an even more blistering Florent Malouda attempt. England fans will have been fearing another comeback success from the French after Zinédine Zidane's late double in Portugal eight years ago, and Hart had to sprawl low to foil a Ribéry snapshot after he had evaded Lescott. The openings were beginning to all fall France's way, and Danny Welbeck reacted superbly to deflect a volleyed Cabaye strike beyond the far corner. Aiming for the opposite angle with five minutes left, Benzema was then denied the winner by Gerrard's header. A repeat of the dramatic climax in Lisbon was averted, and, as he slid in to cut off a Milner cross late on, Philippe Mexès surely prevented Welbeck claiming revenge.

1  France

Manager: Laurent Blanc

1  England

Manager: Roy Hodgson

Goals:

Samir Nasri 39 G

Goals:

Joleon Lescott 30 G

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris (captain)
Defender Patrice Evra
Defender Philippe Mexès
Defender Adil Rami
Defender/Midfielder Mathieu Debuchy
Midfielder Yohan Cabaye
Midfielder Alou Diarra
Midfielder Samir Nasri
Midfielder Franck Ribéry
Forward Karim Benzema
Forward Florent Malouda

Starting lineup:

Goalkeeper Joe Hart
Defender/Centre back Joleon Lescott
Defender/Centre back John Terry
Defender/Full back Glen Johnson
Defender/Midfielder James Milner
Defender/Midfielder/Forward Ashley Young
Defender/Left back Ashley Cole
Midfielder Steven Gerrard (captain)
Midfielder Scott Parker
Forward Danny Welbeck

Substitutions:

Hatem Ben Arfa for Yohan Cabaye 84
Marvin Martin for Florent Malouda 85

Substitutions:

Jermain Defoe for Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 77
Jordan Henderson for Scott Parker 78
Theo Walcott for Danny Welbeck 90

Cards:

Cards:

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain 34 Y
Ashley Young 71 Y

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Cedric Carrasso
Goalkeeper Steve Mandanda
Defender Gaël Clichy
Midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa
Midfielder Yann M'Vila
Midfielder Marvin Martin
Midfielder Blaise Matuidi
Midfielder Mathieu Valbuena
Forward Olivier Giroud
Forward Jeremy Menez

On the bench:

Goalkeeper Jack Butland
Goalkeeper Rob Green
Defender/Midfielder Jordan Henderson
Defender/Midfielder Phil Jagielka
Defender/Midfielder Phil Jones
Defender/Left back Leighton Baines
Midfielder Stewart Downing
Midfielder/Forward Theo Walcott
Forward Andy Carroll
Forward Jermain Defoe