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Euro 2012: After Weather Delay, France Downs Ukraine 2-0

DONETSK – There would be no magic from Andriy Shevchenko this time. Mother Nature and France would see to that.

Thanks to French goals by forwards Jeremy Menez and Yohan Cabaye, France would defeat Ukraine, 2-0 their Euro 2012 matchup that would become the first match since 1974 to be suspended due to inclement weather.

West Germany and Poland would have their match suspended in Euro ‘74.

The match would be delayed for nearly one hour due to lightning and poor field conditions at Donetsk’s Domass Stadium.

With water running onto the field, making for slippery and unsafe playing conditions, Dutch referee, Bjorn Kuipers, would suspend the Group D match between co-host Ukraine and France five minutes in.

Per FIFA’s Bad Weather Policy, “the head referee has the power and ability to suspend or terminate a match due to outside interference of any kind,”

France, who would tie with longtime arch-rival, England, 1-1 in their Euro 2012 Group D opening match, would utilize their skill and speed in scoring two goals in a three minute span.

Les Bleus would outshot Ukraine 16-9 and dominate time of possession, 52 percent to 48 percent.

With the win, France vaults into the spot in Group D with four points, while co-host Ukraine is in second with three.

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