Group D round-up

France suffer shock defeat; Romania are held; Bosnia win in style

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Group D round-up

Blanc: Disastrous start

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Luxembourg 0 Bosnia 3
Romania 1 Albania 1
France 0 Belarus 1

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Laurent Blanc may have ushered in a new era for France, but their problems show no signs of abating.

Les Bleus suffered a shock defeat at Stade de France on Friday as they began their Euro 2012 qualifying campaign in the worst possible style.

Elsewhere in Group D, Bosnia-Herzegovina hit the ground running and Albania picked up an impressive point on the road in Bucharest.

France, following their shambolic display at the 2010 World Cup, would have been hoping for a reversal in fortune upon their return to competitive action, but their woes continued against Belarus.

The hosts toiled to no avail in front of an expectant home support and looked to be heading towards a dour goalless draw as time ebbed away.

However, Sergey Kisliak's 86th minute strike condemned Blanc's side to a shock defeat and piled further pressure on an already under-fire squad.

Romania will also be disappointed with their slow start to the campaign, having been held 1-1 by Albania.

They must have thought they had stolen the points when Bogdan Stanou stepped off the bench to grab an 80th minute opener.

Albania, though, refused to lie down and hit back two minutes from time through a substitute of their own, in the form of Gjergi Muzaka.

All of that means that Bosnia-Herzegovina currently occupy top spot in the group after they hammered Luxembourg 3-0.

All of the goals came in the opening quarter-of-an-hour, with Senijad Ibricic (6), Miralem Pjanic (12) and Eden Dzeko (15) doing the damage.

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