France shows “magic of football” in historic 3-0 win over Ukraine at WCQ
It was do or die for France when Ukraine travelled to Paris after recording a 2-0 upset on their soil. Didier Deschamps’ men needed to win the game with three-goal lead, otherwise, France’s hopes of qualifying for the World Cup next year would take a huge blow.
When all seemed impossible and hard to accomplish, Les Bleus went on a three-goal rampage to show the “magic of football” on Tuesday night. France painted Stade de France with Ukrainian blood to record a memorable victory in the World Cup’s qualifying stage.
Deschamps’ men were also responsible for some history making. France is now the first European team to comeback from a two-goal deficit from the first-leg. Deschamps claims he was proud of his team’s performance against Ukraine, who were left with 10 men on the pitch just after the interval.
Deschamps claims he is proud of the performance from his men. The French boss lauded his players for showing “heart and enthusiasm” to earn a spot in the final stages of the World Cup in Brazil next year.
“It's the magic of football,” Deschamps told TF1. “Four days ago we were bad, very bad, but the players responded well. Tonight we played very well.
“It was very important for French football that we are in Brazil next summer. We will be there, that is very good.
“We were up against a good team and we showed a lot of heart and enthusiasm. When you have these basic ingredients, you can achieve good things.”
France winger Franck Ribery was also full of praise for his teammates. The Bayern Munich forward believes France were finally “realized something extraordinary” in the second-leg against Ukraine.
“It's beautiful, amazing, we realized something extraordinary,” Ribery told TF1. “The fans have been with us. We suffered so much sorrow, and this is great, beautiful.
“It's been a long time since I have seen this kind of support at Stade de France. We had a good slap in Ukraine and tonight it was tense to the end.
“We are very happy, very happy to go to our clubs like this. This would have been difficult not to go to Brazil. We played with our guts and everyone had fun.”
Mamadou Sakho, who scored a brace in the 3-0 victory, believes its team spirit that helped France record a stunning return in the second-leg.
“I am happy. The team spirit was there,” Sakho said. “My first (sic) goal gave us hope and we were all together in the dressing room, you need that collective spirit.
“We also have to acknowledge the fans who cheered us on. All the French public were behind the team.”