Group B round-up
By Chris Stanton
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
France accentuated Italy's post-World Cup hangover with a 3-1 victory.
France accentuated Italy's post-World Cup hangover following a 3-1 victory in Wednesday's Euro 2008 qualifier, with Sidney Govou in superb form for the hosts.
It took the Lyon striker just 69 seconds to make his mark as Les Bleus gained a modicum of revenge for this past summer's World Cup final defeat.
But the goal was not without controversy. William Gallas appeared to be in an offside position when receiving the ball on the left hand edge of the area.
Play was allowed to continue, however, and the defender crossed for Govou to direct a shot into the far corner of Gianluigi Buffon's net.
The lead was doubled in the 18th minute, after Buffon could only parry Florent Malouda's shot and Thierry Henry tucked home.
Respite for Roberto Donadoni's side arrived two minutes later as Alberto Gilardino headed in Andrea Pirlo's cross, but the Azzurri were decidedly below par all evening.
Ten minutes after half time, the game was made safe, as Govou got his second goal - heading superbly in under challenge from Fabio Cannavaro.
Andrei Rusol's header 10 minutes from time secured Ukraine a 3-2 victory over Georgia in their opening Euro 2008 qualifier on Wednesday.
The hosts had to do it the hard way after appearing to have blown a lead given to them by Andrei Shevchenko's 31st minute header from Andrei Gusin's pass.
A spirited fightback from Georgia was rewarded just seven minutes later when Shota Arveladze beat Alexander Shovkovsky from the edge of the area.
And a curling free kick from George Demetradze completed the turnaround shortly after the hour - but only briefly.
The visitors were left to rue the concession of an immediate equaliser after Ruslan Rotan capitalised on a defensive error to haul his side level.
Rusol then struck to ensure his side got their Group B campaign off to the best possible start. Georgia, meanwhile, remain on three points after suffering a second successive defeat.