Last Updated: 15/06/12 8:53pm
The game was delayed by 55 minutes due to heavy down pour and lightning but when it eventually got going, it was France that got into their stride quicker. In truth, they never got out of third gear but it was enough to give them a victory. Qualification from this group is still open wide and it will go down to the last game but France have certainly boosted their chances. As Ukraine, it's not all over. A win over England in their final game would put them through.
Co-host Ukraine will be disappointed with that result but France are now up and running at Euro 2012.
The whistle cannot come quick enough for the Ukraine now. They are just going through the paces as we edge towards the final whistle.
Lloris punches a free-kick clear but Ukraine retrieve the ball before Shevenchenko has an effort that takes a deflection that takes the sting off his shot.
Aliev has a great chance to get his team back in the game but fires his free-kick over from 25-yards. Chances are few and far between for the Ukraine.
The fans are starting to ap back into life slightly but they have really gone quiet when their team needed them.
Giroud's introduction will gave Arsenal fans a chance to see the striker who they have been heavily linked with.
It was almost another goal for France. Cabaye thumped a shot against the post which flew back into play but did not drop to a France player.
Back to the game. France are really in control now and it would need something special from Ukraine for them to get back in this game.
Phil wants to see a Ukraine comeback. He says: From an English point of view, I hope Ukraine comes back and ties this thing up. It would be tough taking on Ukraine and their fans with them needing to win against us.
Ukraine look like they are still shocked after those two rapid fire goals. The crowd really need to try and inspire their team as they have totally fallen silent
Benzema will again go down with the assist as he slip[ped a pass through to Cabaye who rifled the ball home.
Ribery leads a counter attack and plays the ball to Benzema. Benzema finds Menez on the right side of the box who cuts inside and fires home a low drive. Good goal.
The game is really opening up now as Ukraine put togther a passage a play which sees the ball ending with Tymoschuk, who shoots wildly over.
Shevchenko displays his eye for goal as he unleashes a shot that just misses the angle of post and bar from 20 yards.
Ukraine get the second half going but France quickly regain the ball and are on the attack once again.
Which way will they go and which players will score them? get your predictions in for the second half and I will post the best ones up. Catch me on Soriebah.Kajue@bskyb.com.
France have had the better chances which have fallen to Menez but he failed to find the goal. Shevchenko has had Ukraine's best effort but the score is still goalless at the Donbass Arena.
Well after a delayed of 55 minutes this Group D finally got on the way, but so far it has failed to sparkle into life.
Yarmolenko gains himself half a yard from a quickly taken free-kick but send his cross from the right behind the goal.
Clichy allows the ball to bounce in the penalty area before eventually clearing for a corner. But the resulting corner is cleared.
Shevchenko makes a great run and takes the pass well but the angle was against him as Lloris saved his shot.
Konoplienka ignores the please of Shevchenko to square the ball as he cuts in from the left but blazes his shot over.
Ribery surges down the left with a run brimming with pace and skill and thinks he's won a corner but the ref gives a goal kck
France have had the better chances of the game but the scores are still level and Ukraine will believe they still have a chance
Menez sees his effort saved by Pyatov. Ribery again latches onto a loose ball and his pull back is intended for Benzema, but finds Menez who should have done better.
menez has the best chance so far. Ribery nicks the ball and gets down the touchline and pulls it back for Menez who fires over.
Yarmolenko ends a promising move by dragging his shot past the far post, but it's encouraging for Ukraine.
Shevchenko may not have the blistering pace of his younger days but his movement remains intelligent.
Shevchenko again peels down that inside left position and squares the ball for Veronin. But Mexes is alert to the threat and clears the ball.
France are starting dictate the play a bit more. Ribery, Nasri and Benzema are all more prominent now.
Menez slots home from Ribery's through ball but he was offside so the goal doe't count. But it's surely a warning for Ukraine.
Clichy delivers a teasing ball from the left but it's just too high for Benzema. However, he lacked support in the box.
Both teams have settled back into the game well considering the lengthy delay. Neiether team has really tested the keepers yet tho.
Benzema is tackled in the Ukraine box as he tries to get the ball from out of his feet following Nasri's pass.
Benzema fires an early shot after the re-start to test the handling ability of Pyatov who caught it easily.
The referee is out on the pitch testing how the ball will roll on the pitch but the game will go ahead it seems.
There are a team of groundsmen out on the pitch at the Donbass Arena clearing the surface water as we get closer to the hour mark when hopefully we can get this game going again.
It's just a little over 10 minutes to go before that happens so while we are waiting for the game to get going again, let me know which player has impressed you the most and who your tips are for top-scorer.
We've just received confirmation that the game will definitely resume at six, so that's good news folks.
Anthony has sent in a considered email and he is refusing to succumb to the hype around Spain. He says: I think your all wrong about Spain being the team to watch, they played awful against Portugal and playing Ireland wa't difficult at all if you watched it, it's was like brazil playing forest!! There was only going to be one winner. I think as much as I hate to say it Germany look the team to beat.. 2 tough games and 2 wins. Spain havnt been tested
So now that we have had your tips on who will win Euro 2012. Which player or players have impressed you the most so far? Also who are your tips to win the Golden Boot. Let me know your thoughts.
However, Jack believes it could be one of the more unfancied teams such as Croatia. He says: As you are talking about euros i have a feeling coatia will make the semis because they have been in good form lately and im looking forward to seeing them beat spain so spain will be on te verge of dropping out. so Croatia to succeed.
Ben shares Gabriel sentiments about Spain being the team to beat: Spain are the most impressive so far. Especially with other 'favourites' faltering, I can't really see anyone challenging Spain. 4-0 proves they've still got the firepower going forward, and their defence is looking solid. This tournament looks like it might be a great opportunity for lesser teams (Russia, Ukraine, England) to progress quite far. I'll be excited to see who the semifinalists are! Might be a couple of surprises
But Gabriel is going with the holders Spain: Hi - I have to say, I was impressed with the convincing manner in which Spain beat Ireland. Before the tournament I thought this might be the end of Spain's glory years with a few good players missing, but they've proved me wrong with a good start. Still think Germany to win + Gomez top scorer. Been disappointed with the Dutch, Russia possible dark horse.
Going back to my point about who you think will win the tournament. Jack has emailed in to say: On one showing so far I felt France looked very strong and England did well to hang on. Ribery is a machine for 90 minutes and France should go far - even in the rain!
However, we have just heard some encouraging news. The game will be re-started at six o' clock if there is an improvement in the weather. So fingers crossed we can get some football this evening folks.
If the referee is unable to re-start the game due to the bad weather, then the game will be replayed on Saturday.
But who will challenge them for their crown. France or Germany? Or maybe an unfancied team such as Croatia or Russia. England perhaps? Who are your tips for Euro 2012?
Which team have you been most impressed with? Spain again underlined they will be the team to beat as they try and defend their title with a 4-0 win over the Republic of Ireland.
The lightning appears to be getting stronger but both sets of players and fans are hopeful it will be resumed.
There has been no annoucement on how long the delay will be but the referee has undoubtedly made the right decision.
The referee has taken the decision to stop the game as lightning began to break out. The rain is continuing to lash down but for the safety of the players the referee has had to take the players off the pitch.
Pyatov is forced to run out and clear a through ball to Menez, which is dealt with by the Ukrainian 'keeper.
France get the game on the way as rain lashes down onto the pitch. In the seven games between the two sides, Ukraine have yet to win.
The Ukrainian players all have the right arms on their chests as they sing their anthems. They look focused and determined for the task ahead.
This is the kind of atmosphere every top class footballer would want to test himself. The French players all link arms as they belt out their national anthem.
Most of the pundits are tipping France for this one but buoyed by their home support the Ukraine cannot, and should not be ruled out.
Much will rest on Shevchenko's shoulders again this evening. He is two goals away from a half century of goals for his country and he became the oldest player to score a brace for his country since Roger Milla's brace for Cameroon in the 1990 World Cup aged 38.
Gabriel has sent an email in to have his say: I think France's quality in this game will just be enough to see them over the line against what will be a resiliant Ukraine team this evening. I just think that France have so many talented, creative players in Ribery, M'Vila, Menez, Nasri, and a prolific goalscorer in Benzema.Having said that, one can never quite tell how highly the home support can carry teams in these major tournaments. No-one would have predict South Korea to reach the semi-finals of the world cup 10 years ago, for example, and I'm not ruling Ukraine out for nicking a point, but I'm saying a narrow France win is a bit more likely.
Do you guys out there agree with him? Can Ukraine make it two wins from two games? Let me know how you see this one going. Get you emails in.
Timal has emailed in saying: This is the team that will win the Euro 2012. France will win today. +2 or more goals. Benzema & Ribery will score. Shevchenka will score for Ukraine.
Menez has the dribbling ability to go past defenders and his inclusion is most certainly a statement of intent from the French. They know this a game that they have to win.
Menez has enjoyed a good season with PSG while Clichy also finished the campaign strongly with Manchester City.
Laurent Blanc has made two changes from his side's opening game which they drew with England. Evra has been replaced Clichy and Menez has come in for Malouda.
France: Lloris, Debuchy, Rami, Mexes, Clichy, Cabaye, Nasri, Diarra, Ribery, Benzema, Menez subs: Mandanda Carrasso, Evra, Reveillere, Koscielny, Valbuena, Matuidi, Malouda, M'Vila, Martin, Giroud, Ben Arfa
Ukraine: Pyatov, Selin, Khacheridi, Mykhalyk, Tymoschuk, Gusev, Yarmolenko, Nazarenko, Konoplienka, Shevchenko, Voronin subs: Koval, Goryainov, Kucher, Shevchuk, Rakitskiy, Butko, Garmash, Aliev, Rotan, Milevskiy, Seleznyov, Devic
Ukraine coach, Oleh Blokhin, could adopt a more defensive approach knowing a point would nudge his side closer to the quarter-finals.
However, France are unbeaten in 22 games and thumped the Ukraine 4-1 the last time the two sides met in 2011.
Lead by their talisman Andriy Shevchenko, who bagged a brace, against Sweden to give them a 2-1 win, Ukraine will enter this game knowing they have a chance to further make their mark on this tournament.
Co-host Ukraine will qualify for the knockout phase of the tournament should they manage a win this evening. If they needed any motivation ahead of this game, then they certainly have it.
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Euro 2012 has reached the stage now where most of the games really have some mean something and this one is no different.
Good afternoon and welcome to the lastest instalment from Group D as co-host Ukraine take on France.