France beat Brazil 1-0 to take last semi-final spot

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Saturday, July 1, 2006

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In a quarter-final rematch of the 1998 Fifa World Cup final France beat Brazil 1-0 to progress to the semi-finals, Saturday.

Brazil had not lost a Fifa World Cup match since the 1998 game but Zinedine Zidane, the three times World Player of the Year who had authored Brazil's downfall in Paris, left the signature of his gifts in his trademark flair at the Commerzbank Arena. File:Commerzbank-Arena-Luftbild.jpg

Commerzbank Arena, Frankfurt.
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The experienced French defense of Liliam Thuram, Claude Makelele and Patrick Viera did their bit to confine the 2002 World Champions to a single shot on target in 90 minutes. The attacking pace and skill of newcomer Frank Ribery ripped Brazilian defence open and Zidane found him time and time again.

Thierry Henry scored the only goal of the game 12 minutes after half-time. Zidane flighted a free kick to the far post where Henry ran in and jumped to side-foot a volley past Dida.

Zidane's performance in the eyes of experienced observers reawakened memories of his best games for France. He orchestrated nearly everything France did well and always had time for graceful turns, effortless passes, mesmerizing footwork that evaded legs to keep the ball under control.

If 34 year old Zidane played like the game might have been his last match, Brazil's Ronaldo, Cafu and Roberto Carlos, also over 30, were unable to rise to the same heights on this occasion.

On 90 minutes Ronaldinho had a free kick opportunity 25 yards from goal but it was not to be the 2006 Fifa Player of the Year's night either; his shot fizzed over the bar.

The result meant Raymond Domenech's side would meet Portugal in the semi-final round of the World Cup in Munich on Wednesday, July 5.

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Match 60

July 1, 2006
Flag of France.svg France 1–0 Flag of Brazil.svg Brazil Commerzbank Arena
Henry 57'

Attendance: 48'000



Flag of France.svg
Right wing Right Center Left Left wing
Flag of France.svgFabien Barthez (GK)
Flag of France.svgWilly Sagnol 74'Yellow card.svg Flag of France.svgWilliam Gallas Flag of France.svgEric Abidal Flag of France.svgLiliam Thuram 88'Yellow card.svg
Flag of France.svgClaude Makelele
Flag of France.svgFrank Ribery Flag of France.svgPatrick Viera Flag of France.svgFlourant Malouda
Flag of France.svgZinedine Zidane (C)
Flag of France.svgThierry Henry Soccerball.jpg


  • 77' Sidney Govou for Ribery
  • 81' Slyvain Wiltord for Malouda
  • 86' Louis Saha 87'Yellow card.svg for Henry

Coach: Raymond Domenech

Soccerball.jpg denotes one goal scored.


Flag of Brazil.svg
Right wing Right Center Left Left wing
Flag of Brazil.svgDida (GK)
Flag of Brazil.svgRoberto Carlos Flag of Brazil.svgJuan 45'Yellow card.svg Flag of Brazil.svgLucio 75'Yellow card.svg Flag of Brazil.svgCafu (C) 25'Yellow card.svg
Flag of Brazil.svgGilberto Silva
Flag of Brazil.svgKaka Flag of Brazil.svgZe Roberto Flag of Brazil.svgJuninho Pernambucano Flag of Brazil.svgRonaldinho
Flag of Brazil.svgRonaldo 47'+Yellow card.svg


  • 63' Adriano for Juninho
  • 76' Cicinho for Cafu
  • 79' Robinho for Kaka

Coach: Carlos Alberto Parreira

Soccerball.jpg denotes one goal scored.


Flag of Spain.svg Referee: Luis Medina Cantalejo Yellow card.svgRed card.svg

Flag of Spain.svg Assistant referee: Victoriano Giraldez Carrasco

Flag of Spain.svg Assistant referee: Pedro Medina Hernandez

Flag of Australia.svg Fourth referee: Mark Shield

Flag of Australia.svg Fifth referee: Ben Wilson

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