FIFA WORLD CUP
Waldstadion, Frankfurt, Germany
Referee: Luis Medina Cantalejo | Attendance: 48000
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0 - 1
FULL-TIME: France out-play Brazil and deservedly take their place in the semi-final, where they will meet Portugal.
SAVE! Ronaldo has finally come to life; he runs at the defence again before firing in a low shot which Barthez pushes away.
GOOD EFFORT! Zidane breaks through the middle and feeds Saha, but the substitute's shot is saved by Dida.
CLOSE! Ronaldinho curls the free-kick over the crossbar, much to France's relief.
GREAT RUN! Ronaldo's step-over beats two men before he goes to ground under a challenge from Thuram, who is booked. Free-kick, 20 yards out...
Saha is booked for wasting time after a handball decision had gone against him.
Adriano wins his side a corner. Ronaldinho curls it in to the middle, but Barthez punches clear.
FRANCE SUB: Saha comes on to replace Henry; Henry has worked very hard and is replaced by the fresh legs of Saha.
DRAGGED! Ronaldo bursts through and fires in a shot, but under pressure from Sagnol, he drags his left-foot shot well wide.
There's no doubt that France have been the better side, but Brazil are dominating the ball at the moment.
FRANCE SUB: Wiltord comes on to replace Malouda; some experience in the final ten minutes or so.
WELL WIDE! A chance for Robinho, but he snatches at the ball as it falls to him in the penalty area.
Malouda tugs back Cicinho and is unfortunate to escape a booking.
BRAZIL SUB: Robinho comes on to replace Kaka; the elusive running of Robinho could cause a problem or two in the closing stages.
GOOD HEADER! Thuram does well to react to Ze Roberto's cross as he heads clear of danger.
FRANCE SUB: Govou on to replace Ribery; Ribery has worked very hard in the second half.
BRAZIL SUB: Cafu off, Cicinho on; fresh legs down the right for Brazil.
Lucio dives in on Henry; a booking for the Brazilian defender.
Sagnol is booked for a body-check on Ronaldinho as he tried to get away down the left wing.
Somehow, I don't think we've seen an end to the scoring tonight; there is so much space, and some wonderful players to exploit it.
TAME! Henry fires a shot from 25 yards straight at Dida.
France are playing some of the best football we've seen so far at this tournament; they are playing with real confidence.
GREAT SAVE! Henry breaks down the right and feeds a good pass inside for the advancing Ribery; Dida comes flying out to the edge of his area to block Ribery's shot.
Ribery looks like he will be a threat on the break in the final twenty minutes for France; his pace and dribbling will be really dangerous on the counter.
Brazil have finally started to play a little; they have been stung in to life by Henry's goal.
Zidane is beginning to dominate; he is absolutely mesmeric at the moment. France win a corner.
The game is really open now, end-to-end stuff with both sides looking threatening on the break.
Ribery runs at the heart of the Brazilian defence, but Carlos tackles well on the edge of his penalty area.
BRAZIL SUB: Juninho is replaced by Adriano; an attacking change for the defending champions.
There is a lot of energy about this supposedly ageing French side; they are playing really well.
SO CLOSE! Ribery does superbly to beat Cafu diwb the right; he sends over a low cross which Juan deflects just wide of the far post.
Ronaldinho is going to have to pull his finger out if Brazil are to come back in to this match; he has been virtually anonymous.
Makelele sells Barthez a little short with a back-pass, but the goalkeeper is alert enough to come out and clear.
Henry gave Dida no chance with that close-range finish; big questions for Brazil to answer now.
GOAL! The breakthrough comes through Henry as he ghosts in around the back to volley home Zidane's free-kick.
Ribery is one of the few French players to have played poorly tonight; he has given the ball away far too often.
The winners of this tie will face Portugal in the semi-final on Wednesday; enticing match-ups, whoever goes through.
GOAL! NO! Vieira flicks on Malouda's free-kick; Henry controls the ball and fires past Dida, but he is clearly off-side.
ALMOST! Henry almost sets up Vieira with a back-heel in the penalty area, but Juan as tracked the run and puts the ball behind.
Makelele seems to be struggling with a hamstring injury; he is limping around midfield, not very mobile at all.
France are sending a lot of crosses in to the area, even though Henry isn't all that strong in the air.
Henry's exhilharating run down the left wing almost creates a chance for Ribery in the middle, but Juan clears the danger.
Brazil seem to have emerged with a bit more of a spring in their step; they were certainly below-par in the first half.
NERVY! Barthez manages to scramble clear Cafu's corss from the left, but it didn't look pretty.
Ronaldinho forces a corner kick off Makekele.
OOH! Henry flicks a header just wide of the far post after getting on the end of Zidane's free-kick.
France kick off the second half. No changes at the break.
HALF-TIME: France have been the better side, but have nothing to show for it.
OFF THE WALL! Zidane's shot hits the wall again.
Henry takes the free-kick; he strikes the defensive wall, and the referee spots a handball from Ronaldo. Another free-kick, and Ronaldo is booked.
...Zidane and Henry stand over the free-kick...
Vieira is taken from the field after landing heavily after being fouled. France have a free-kick, just outside the penalty area...
BRILLIANT! Zidane looks sublime as he beats two men before releasing Vieira; the midfielder heads straight through the middle, and draws a foul from Juan, who is booked.
Henry is down, in need of some attention on a knock. He seems to be okay, though.
Malouda is looking an increasing threat; Henry should have done better releasing him down the left, but he over-hits his pass.
SHOULD HAVE SHOT! Malouda breaks in to the area after spinning his man; he approaches the goal from a slight angle, but declines the shot and opts to cross. Brazil clear.
Brazil look a little short of ideas up front; Cafu sends a hopeful cross in to the middle, but it is over the head of Ronaldo.
Vieira and Makelele are absolutely dominating the midfield region; every time Brazil clear the ball, it is coming back at them.
This has been a half that has promised much, but there hasn't ultimately been a great deal of goal-mouth action at either end.
...Zidane chips a flighted pass in to the penalty area, but Malouda heads over the bar.
Dida organises his defensive wall at a France free-kick. Zidane and Henry stand over the set-piece...
Zidane plays a nice pass in to the feet of Malouda; he clips a cross to the back post, but Henry has made the run to the near.
Malouda's poor touch from Makele's pass ends a promising France move.
Ribery runs in to Gilberto; the referee awards France the free-kick for the block.
I think France will be the happier of the two sides; Brazil have only really threatened once or twice.
Henry is caught off-side once again; he has been a bit sloppy with his runs tonight.
France win another corner as Carlos deflects behind Sagnol's cross; Dida does well to come through a crowd and punch clear.
BLOCK! Thuram blocks Ronaldo's drive on the edge of the area after he had been played in by Ronaldinho.
Ronaldinho isn't being allowed to get on the ball as much as his opponent Zidane is; France are doing a good job of starving him possession.
ZIDANE! ZeeZoo is going through his full-range; he flicks a great pass to release Abidal down the left, and his cross is put out for a corner by Roberto Carlos.
WASTED! Zidane takes the free-kick; he goes for goal, but curls his shot over the crossbar.
Henry is fouled by Lucio; free-kick to France, 30 yards from the Brazilian goal...
France are certainly having more of the possession, even if they have yet to really threaten Dida.
Cafu is booked for a little tug on the shirt of Abidal as the full-back tried to get away from him.
France are stroking the ball around with a lot of confidence.
Malouda and Ribery have got to start making runs in bhind Cafu and Roberto Carlos, who are breaking forward at every oppoprtunity.
Both sides look well capable of threatening the other's goal; I don't think we'll have to wait too long for the breakthrough.
Lucio breaks forward, feeds Kaka, but the Milan playmaker can't find Ronaldo with his pass.
Henry is caught off-side; he has got to start timing his runs better.
It is noticeable how well these two sides are passing the ball in these early stages; they are keeping possession with short, crisp passing.
Ronaldinho tries to release Ronaldo through the middle, but Barthez collects on the edge of his area.
Vieira is clobbered from behind as he and Juan challenge for a ball in the air.
It has been a good opening to the match; very open and attacking, and it promises to be an entertaining game.
ALMOST! Ronaldinho's pass gets Ronaldo in down the right; his low cross is threatening, but Kaka can't get the vital touch.
France win a corner as they put the Brazil defence under a little pressure. Zidane sends the corner in, but Dida punches clear.
Statistics from FIFA reveal that Lucio has yet to commit a foul so far at this World Cup; that's an amazing stat for a defender.
BLOCKED! Henry has his first attempt of the night, a shot from distance that strikes Lucio on the head and goes out for a throw.
OVER! Ronaldinho sends a free-kick in to the back post, but Ronaldo, on the stretch, heads over the bar.
NOT FROM THERE! Roberto Carlos opts to shoot from a ridiculously tight angle; unsurprisingly, he slices his effort high and wide.
These two sides seem to have come out with the intention of opening up the game and putting on a show; there is nothing of the defensive, cagey start that we've seen in other matches.
GOOD TACKLE! Gallas' well-timed tackle on the edge of his area halts Ze Roberto's run.
This is a match played between the winners of the last three World Cups; there is a lot of pedigree out there.
Zidane appears to be in imperious mood this evening; he is going through his full range of tricks.
OFF-SIDE! Juan finds space at a free-kick; he tries to back-heel a volley towards goal, but is caught off-side.
Juninho takes the corner, but Barthez comes out to punch clear.
DEFLECTED! Juninho strikes the free-kick; it flicks off the top of the wall and out for a corner.
Roberto Carlos and Juninho fight over who is going to take the free-kick...
Ronaldinho is brought down on the edge of the penalty area by Ribery; dangerous spot...
Of course, this could be Zidane's final game tonight; he is retiring from all forms of football after this tournament.
AMAZING! Zidane shows he is up for this game with a superb little piece of dribbling before trying to release Henry.
Brazil have made a couple of changes, dropping Adriano as they look to strengthen their midfield.
Brazil kick off in Frankfurt.
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