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Togo 0-2 France
Friday, 23 June 2006



P Vieira 55
T Henry 61


Y Aziawonou 38yellow card
M Cherif-Toure 44yellow card
M Salifou 88yellow card


C Makelele 30yellow card



37% 63%

Shots on target

1 12

Shots off target

6 8


1 9


20 12


  • 16 K Agassa
  • 02 D Nibombe
  • 03 J Abalo
  • 05 M Tchangai
  • 06 Y Aziawonou yellow card
  • 10 M Cherif-Toure yellow card (59 A Olufade )
  • 18 J Senaya
  • 07 M Salifou yellow card
  • 13 R Forson
  • 17 K Mohamed
  • 04 E Adebayor (75 T Dossevi )


  • 08 K Agboh,
  • 12 E Akoto,
  • 21 F Atsou,
  • 09 T Dossevi,
  • 20 A Erassa,
  • 11 R Malm,
  • 22 K Obilale,
  • 14 A Olufade,
  • 01 N Tchagnirou,
  • 23 A Toure,
  • 19 L Assemoassa


  • 16 F Barthez
  • 05 W Gallas
  • 13 M Silvestre
  • 15 L Thuram
  • 19 W Sagnol
  • 07 F Malouda (73 S Wiltord )
  • 06 C Makelele yellow card
  • 04 P Vieira (81 A Diarra )
  • 22 F Ribery (77 S Govou )
  • 20 D Trezeguet
  • 12 T Henry


  • 02 J Boumsong,
  • 21 P Chimbonda,
  • 23 G Coupet,
  • 08 V Dhorasoo,
  • 18 A Diarra,
  • 17 G Givet,
  • 09 S Govou,
  • 01 M Landreau,
  • 14 L Saha,
  • 11 S Wiltord

Ref: Jorge Larrionda
Att: 45000


"After the second goal it was a case of foot off the accelerator for France. Patrick Vieira controlled the middle of the park, scored a goal and set up the other. They'll be very pleased and they'll go through with a great deal of confidence. Togo have shown they can play. They have to learn from this and there are some good players out there."
Graham Taylor, BBC Five Live Sport

FULL-TIME: After two minutes of injury time the whistle goes on France's first World Cup finals victory since they won the title in Paris in 1998. It is their first finals win on foreign soil in 20 years. Togo go home without a point from their tournament debut.

90 mins: Adekanmi Olufade runs at the French defence but nothing comes of it, not least because he tried a backheel at pace. Not easy.

89 mins: The result is good news for another birthday boy. Zinedine Zidane, 34 today, will have at least one more match in his career. France's golden generation are not quite yet the geriatric generation.

88 mins: It is a tame end to proceedings but nobody has told Moustapha Salifou who slides in from behind on Claude Makelele and then vehemently protests the yellow card he receives.

83 mins: It is keep ball football for the French now and don't their fans love it. After the final whistle they'll be checking the train times to Hanover where they will be playing Spain in the second round.

80 mins: Patrick Vieira goes off shortly after taking an accidental blow to the face. Alou Diarra comes on.

79 mins: David Trezeguet puffs his cheeks out. Yet again he has been caught offside and he looks thoroughly miffed.

77 mins: In Hanover it is 2-0 to Switzerland which means it looks like they have sewn up top spot and France will go through in second to meet Spain.

76 mins: The global sign of a match lacking a competitive edge is the Mexican Wave. It circles the stadium as Sydney Govou comes on for Franck Ribery.

74 mins: Togo coach Otto Pfister, back in his home town of Cologne, makes a second change with Thomas Dossevi replacing Emmanuel Adebayor.

73 mins: Fresh legs for France with Sylvain Wiltord replacing Florent Malouda - a change that will push the average age of the team further towards the realms of greying hair.

72 mins: This suddenly looks ever so easy for France with Togo chasing shadows.

70 mins: What does David Trezeguet have to do to score? A great passing move through Franck Ribery and Florent Malouda ends with the ball being played to the Juve man in front of goal but Richmond Forsom comes from nowhere to thump the ball clear.

PLAYER RATER: Kossi Agassa may have let in two now but his heroics mean he is leading your vote for man of the match.

68 mins: Patrick Vieira plays a delightfully weighted ball through the Togo backline but David Trezeguet fails to get on the end of it with Kossi Agassa racing off his line to clear.

66 mins: Franck Ribery breaks down the right and his cross flashes just above Thierry Henry in the box.

62 mins: So long as France maintain this advantage it does not matter what happens in Hanover between Switzerland and South Korea, Les Bleus are going through.

61 mins: GOAL Togo 0-2 France
Patrick Vieira eats up the ground to knock down a deep Claude Makelele pass on the edge of the area into the path of Thierry Henry. The Arsenal man turns and hammers the ball low into the corner of the net with Kossi Agassa diving the other way.

59 mins: Willy Sagnol is called into duty at the other end of the pitch blocking a thunderous, goalbound shot from Emmanuel Adebayor. Adekanmi Olufade replaces Cherif Mamam Toure.

58 mins: Thierry Henry slides in to meet Willy Sagnol's deep pass in the box but he directs the effort straight at Kossi Agassa.

56 mins: Chants of 'Allez Les Bleus' reverberate around the RheinEnergieStadion. As it stands they are going through in second spot in the group and will face Spain in the last 16.

55 mins: GOAL Togo 0-1 France
Franck Ribery may not have enjoyed the best of nights to date but he plays the ball to Patrick Vieira in the box and the birthday boy turns and slams it high into the net past the outstretched Kossi Agassa. While the skipper is mobbed, Thierry Henry makes a point of going over to Ribery to congratulate him on his part in the goal.

53 mins: Another terrible miss from Franck Ribery. Thierry Henry back heels a pass into the path of Florent Malouda who cuts the ball back to the unmarked Ribery on the penalty spot but he gets right under the ball and scoops it high over the bar.

51 mins: The pacy Mohamed Kader is on the attack again and blazes a shot high over the crossbar from the edge of the area. He is clattered by Patrick Vieira after shooting and hobbles off for attention from the physio.

50 mins: Mohamed Kader dinks a pass over the French defence for Emmanuel Adebayor but the offside flag is up again. It is yet another dubious decision.

49 mins: Patrick Vieira wins a corner. It is worked short before Thierry Henry accelerates into the box but his mis-timed shot is blocked.

47 mins: France win a free-kick deep on the right, Richmond Forson fouling Franck Ribery. The free-kick is pulled back to David Trezeguet but his side-footed shot is blocked.

2103 BST: The action resumes with Togo kicking off. If there are no second-half goals France will be taking the short journey home from Cologne.

2101 BST: Arsenal team-mates Emmanuel Adebayor and Thierry Henry share a joke as they stroll out for the second half.

"France have really just got to go for it, hell for leather and get the goals. For some reason, they haven't clicked in attack in this tournament at all, but keeping it tight at the back is no longer good enough."
Alan Shearer, BBC Sport TV

RATER POLL: First it was L'Equipe saying 57% didn't think France would qualify and now it is you on the BBC Sport Player Rater where a poll says 56% think that Switzerland and South Korea will qualify from Group G.

"I've enjoyed it. France have been attacking and have created a lot of chances. They haven't put the ball in the net, Kossi Agassa has been first class and Togo have showed they're not just making up the numbers. It is evenly balanced."
Graham Taylor, BBC Five Live Sport

"France are doing OK. It's the best they've played in the tournament. There's just a wee bit of confidence missing obviously - you've got that number of chances and you still can't get a goal but I think they can do it."
Martin O'Neill, BBC Sport TV

HALF-TIME: After a minute's injury time the whistle goes on a frustrating 45 minutes for France.

45 mins: Thierry Henry is lining up to meet Florent Malouda's inviting cross with a header at the far post but Jean-Paul Abalo rushes back into the area to head clear.

43 mins: A second yellow card for Togo and again it is Patrick Vieira who is the victim being wrestled to the ground by Cherif Toure Mamam.

42 mins: Thierry Henry is being well-marshalled. He shapes to shoot and earns space for a subsequent effort on goal but Jean-Paul Abalo comes in with a sliding block.

39 mins: The French fans are on their feet as David Trezeguet flies in looking to prod home after Kossi Agassa palms Florent Malouda's stinging shot high into the air. Agassa recovers to save but yet again the offside flag goes against France.

38 mins: Not a good few minutes for Yao Aziawonou. A shot on goal is worse than his two-tone dyed and braided hair and then he is booked for a foul on Patrick Vieira.

35 mins: Florent Malouda's pass to David Trezeguet is stabbed on for Thierry Henry on the left but his run in on goal is pulled back by the linesman's flag for offside. Hands to head time for the Arsenal striker who cannot believe the decision. Who? Moi?

34 mins: Thierry Henry releases Franck Ribery on the right but his square cross somehow manages to evade three on-rushing players on the edge of the box.

33 mins: Kossi Agassa is having a great game. He acrobatically punches clear another Franck Ribery corner before diving at David Trezeguet's feet to smother the ball at the post.

30 mins: Patrick Vieira's long-range shot is deflected for a corner from which Franck Ribery fails to beat the first man.

29 mins: Claude Makelele earns a yellow card for a foul on Junior Senaya on the edge of the box. Cherif Toure Maman's free-kick is, in a word, awful.

27 mins: Thierry Henry plays in Franck Ribery on the right in acres of space. The youngster skies his shot way over the bar and Henry slumps to the turf in exasperation.

23 mins: With the strikers failing to find a way through, Manchester United's Mikael Silveste chances his arm but his volleyed shot from the angle is well held by that man Kossi Agassa.

22 mins: Switzerland take the lead against South Korea but it has little effect on what the French need to do. A draw is not enough, they must score goals and one will do for them now if the score stays the same in the other match.

22 mins: David Trezeguet applauds the efforts of his team-mates, but they're certainly not clapping his tame effort on goal. Franck Ribery played in the Juve man but his weak shot was straight at Kossi Agassa.

20 mins: David Trezeguet fails to control Mikael Silvestre's cross from the left and ends up chesting it to Kossi Agassa.

17 mins: Good footwork from Franck Ribery, who is sporting a World Cup goatee, earns him some space to shoot but his toe-poked effort is easily claimed by the energetic Kossi Agassa in goal.

14 mins: Kossi Agassa, one five players in the Togo team who ply their trade in France, clutches Florent Malouda's drilled effort low to his right.

13 mins: Thierry Henry plays in Franck Ribery who squares to David Trezeguet and the ball is rolled gently into the back of the net but Trezeguet is aghast when it is ruled out for offside.

11 mins: Togo are beginning to match France's early attacking verve. It is exciting end-to-end stuff played at pace.

8 mins: Togo break and Fabien Barthez fists away Mohamed Kader's low shot from the right. The keeper's clearance is back into the danger area and he is lucky it didn't fall to any of the men following up.

7 mins: David Trezeguet is looking lively. After exchanging neat passes with Franck Ribery he heads on goal but the effort is tipped over by Kossi Agassa.

5 mins: Florent Malouda wins a free-kick on the left after a challenge by Junior Senaya but little comes from it.

4 mins: The ball is bobbling about in the box and David Trezeguet latches on to it but flashes a shot wide. A slipped pass to Thierry Henry could have been the better bet.

2 mins: Kossi Agassa, clad in a burgundy top, gets his hands on the ball for a second time. His colours are slightly less garish than the flourescent yellow with green shorts his team-mates are wearing.

2000 BST: France get the ball rolling and are on the attack immediately. Togo keeper Kossi Agassa gets an early touch.


1958 BST: "A good performance and a good win will settle things down for France and cover up their problems. They can go through in a much better frame of mind."
Graham Taylor, BBC Five Live Sport

1955 BST: Anthem time and a good chance to check team unity in two squads who have done their best to fill the void normally taken by the bickering Dutch. Togo stand apart from each other while the French players link arms.

1954 BST: The players emerge and last in line is defender Lilian Thuram. Tonight he becomes France's most-capped player. This is his 117th international appearance.

1950 BST: A poll in newspaper L'Equipe found 57% of readers did not think the French team would qualify for the knockout stages.

1947 BST: If France fail to qualify for the second round, Zinedine Zidane will have played his last game of football. It is a fair bet to say coach Raymond Domenech will be out on his ear as well.

1942 BST: For Togo, this is the match they want to win against their former colonial rulers. A short history lesson. Britain and France seized the German protectorate of Togoland at the start of World War One, with the British ruling the western part which was later incorporated into what is now Ghana. France granted independence in 1960.

1936 BST: "It is now or never. Who expected France to be in this situation? We have to cope with it and a Togo team with good skill. We have the players and let's see if we manage to play well. There is a lot of pressure."
Marcel Desailly, BBC Sport TV

1933 BST: Togo have been in a bit of mess ever since qualifying for the finals so it looks straightforward for France, particularly as under Raymond Domenech they have only lost one match. But the devil is in the detail. They have only won 11 of the 23 matches with him at the helm.

1928 BST: The teams are out warming up at the RheinEnergieStadion. The equation is simple - very simple for Togo who are already out of the qualification equation. France need to win and, if Switzerland v South Korea ends in a stalemate, ensure it is by a margin of two goals to be sure of qualifying.

1923 BST: Togo's starting team is almost four years younger on average, so what they lack in experience, compared to their exalted opponents, they can make up for with vim and vigour and youthful daring... maybe.

1919 BST: In Zinedine Zidane's absence, Patrick Vieira takes the French armband on his 30th birthday. France are the oldest squad left in the tournament at 28.47 years and this starting line-up is older still at an average of 29.18.

1913 BST: The elevation of Juventus striker David Trezeguet to the starting XI means France will change their formation from 4-2-3-1 to 4-4-2. Togo will line up playing 3-5-2.

1907 BST: In 24 games in charge of France, Raymond Domenech has never picked the same side for two successive games and today is no different with Zinedine Zidane and Eric Abidal suspended. Mikael Silvestre and Franck Ribery come in, with David Trezeguet replacing Sylvain Wiltord.

Togo coach Otto Pfister promised changes and has been true to his word bringing in four new faces - Jean Paul Abalo, Moustapha Salifou, Junior Senaya and Yao Aziawanou.


Togo: Kossi Agassa, Richmond Forson, Dare Nibombe, Massamasso Tchangai, Jean-Paul Abalo, Moustapha Salifou, Cherif Toure Mamam, Yao Aziawonou, Junior Senaya, Emmanuel Adebayor, Mohamed Kader.

France: Fabien Barthez, Willy Sagnol, Lilian Thuram, William Gallas, Mikael Silvestre, Franck Ribery, Patrick Vieira, Claude Makelele, Florent Malouda, Thierry Henry, David Trezeguet.

Referee: Jorge Larrionda (Uruguay).

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