11th of June 2012 Author: Johnny Karp
The clash between France and England ended with the result most people expected: a draw. But it was the French team that had the most chances of winning it, especially in the second half. England opened the scoring through Joleon Lescott on the half hour but Samir Nasri made it all square shortly after.
England enjoyed a good start to the game with good possession and circulation but then Nasri started to step into the spotlight and created a chance for Benzema before firing one wide himself. England had the first chance on a counter attack as Scott Parker passed to Ashley Young who then set James Milner clean through but the Manchester City midfielder fired wide after rounding goalkeeper Hugo Lloris. The other keeper, Joe Hart, stopped a good shot from Yohan Cabaye soon after.
The opening goal came on a dead ball situation, with Steven Gerrard bending in a wicked cross that Lescott headed home. France replied in a similar fashion with Diarra testing Hart with a header and then heading wide on a subsequent cross from Ribery. France made it all square thanks to a precious shot from Nasri who found the bottom corner from the edge of the penalty area.
France started to put some pressure after the break but Joe Hart handled some good shots from Benzema and Ribery without major difficulties. There was more pressure on the England defence during the final minutes of the game but Hodgson's men defended with determination and held out for a share of the spoils.
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