Waldstadion, Frankfurt, Germany

Referee: Luis Medina Cantalejo | Attendance: 48000

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Game 60


  • Thierry Henry 57'
  • 92'

    FULL-TIME: France out-play Brazil and deservedly take their place in the semi-final, where they will meet Portugal.

  • 91'

    SAVE! Ronaldo has finally come to life; he runs at the defence again before firing in a low shot which Barthez pushes away.

  • 90'

    GOOD EFFORT! Zidane breaks through the middle and feeds Saha, but the substitute's shot is saved by Dida.

  • 89'

    CLOSE! Ronaldinho curls the free-kick over the crossbar, much to France's relief.

  • 89'

    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...

  • 88'

    Saha is booked for wasting time after a handball decision had gone against him.

  • 87'

    Adriano wins his side a corner. Ronaldinho curls it in to the middle, but Barthez punches clear.

  • 86'

    FRANCE SUB: Saha comes on to replace Henry; Henry has worked very hard and is replaced by the fresh legs of Saha.

  • 85'

    DRAGGED! Ronaldo bursts through and fires in a shot, but under pressure from Sagnol, he drags his left-foot shot well wide.

  • 84'

    There's no doubt that France have been the better side, but Brazil are dominating the ball at the moment.

  • 82'

    FRANCE SUB: Wiltord comes on to replace Malouda; some experience in the final ten minutes or so.

  • 81'

    WELL WIDE! A chance for Robinho, but he snatches at the ball as it falls to him in the penalty area.

  • 80'

    Malouda tugs back Cicinho and is unfortunate to escape a booking.

  • 79'

    BRAZIL SUB: Robinho comes on to replace Kaka; the elusive running of Robinho could cause a problem or two in the closing stages.

  • 78'

    GOOD HEADER! Thuram does well to react to Ze Roberto's cross as he heads clear of danger.

  • 77'

    FRANCE SUB: Govou on to replace Ribery; Ribery has worked very hard in the second half.

  • 76'

    BRAZIL SUB: Cafu off, Cicinho on; fresh legs down the right for Brazil.

  • 75'

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    France to win, with bet365  

  • 75'

    Lucio dives in on Henry; a booking for the Brazilian defender.

  • 74'

    Sagnol is booked for a body-check on Ronaldinho as he tried to get away down the left wing.

  • 73'

    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.

  • 72'

    TAME! Henry fires a shot from 25 yards straight at Dida.

  • 71'

    France are playing some of the best football we've seen so far at this tournament; they are playing with real confidence.

  • 70'

    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.

  • 68'

    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.

  • 67'

    Brazil have finally started to play a little; they have been stung in to life by Henry's goal.

  • 66'

    Zidane is beginning to dominate; he is absolutely mesmeric at the moment. France win a corner.

  • 65'

    The game is really open now, end-to-end stuff with both sides looking threatening on the break.

  • 64'

    Ribery runs at the heart of the Brazilian defence, but Carlos tackles well on the edge of his penalty area.

  • 63'

    BRAZIL SUB: Juninho is replaced by Adriano; an attacking change for the defending champions.

  • 62'

    There is a lot of energy about this supposedly ageing French side; they are playing really well.

  • 60'

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    France to win, with bet365  

  • 60'

    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.

  • 59'

    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.

  • 58'

    Makelele sells Barthez a little short with a back-pass, but the goalkeeper is alert enough to come out and clear.

  • 58'

    Henry gave Dida no chance with that close-range finish; big questions for Brazil to answer now.

  • 57'

    GOAL! The breakthrough comes through Henry as he ghosts in around the back to volley home Zidane's free-kick.

  • 56'

    Ribery is one of the few French players to have played poorly tonight; he has given the ball away far too often.

  • 55'

    The winners of this tie will face Portugal in the semi-final on Wednesday; enticing match-ups, whoever goes through.

  • 54'

    GOAL! NO! Vieira flicks on Malouda's free-kick; Henry controls the ball and fires past Dida, but he is clearly off-side.

  • 53'

    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.

  • 52'

    Makelele seems to be struggling with a hamstring injury; he is limping around midfield, not very mobile at all.

  • 51'

    France are sending a lot of crosses in to the area, even though Henry isn't all that strong in the air.

  • 50'

    Henry's exhilharating run down the left wing almost creates a chance for Ribery in the middle, but Juan clears the danger.

  • 49'

    Brazil seem to have emerged with a bit more of a spring in their step; they were certainly below-par in the first half.

  • 48'

    NERVY! Barthez manages to scramble clear Cafu's corss from the left, but it didn't look pretty.

  • 48'

    Ronaldinho forces a corner kick off Makekele.

  • 47'

    OOH! Henry flicks a header just wide of the far post after getting on the end of Zidane's free-kick.

  • 46'

    France kick off the second half. No changes at the break.

  • 47'

    HALF-TIME: France have been the better side, but have nothing to show for it.

  • 47'

    OFF THE WALL! Zidane's shot hits the wall again.

  • 46'

    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.

  • 46'

    ...Zidane and Henry stand over the free-kick...

  • 45'

    Brazil to win, with bet365  
    France to win, with bet365  

  • 45'

    Vieira is taken from the field after landing heavily after being fouled. France have a free-kick, just outside the penalty area...

  • 44'

    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.

  • 44'

    Henry is down, in need of some attention on a knock. He seems to be okay, though.

  • 43'

    Malouda is looking an increasing threat; Henry should have done better releasing him down the left, but he over-hits his pass.

  • 42'

    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.

  • 41'

    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.

  • 40'

    Vieira and Makelele are absolutely dominating the midfield region; every time Brazil clear the ball, it is coming back at them.

  • 39'

    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.

  • 38'

    ...Zidane chips a flighted pass in to the penalty area, but Malouda heads over the bar.

  • 37'

    Dida organises his defensive wall at a France free-kick. Zidane and Henry stand over the set-piece...

  • 36'

    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.

  • 35'

    Malouda's poor touch from Makele's pass ends a promising France move.

  • 34'

    Ribery runs in to Gilberto; the referee awards France the free-kick for the block.

  • 33'

    I think France will be the happier of the two sides; Brazil have only really threatened once or twice.

  • 32'

    Henry is caught off-side once again; he has been a bit sloppy with his runs tonight.

  • 31'

    France win another corner as Carlos deflects behind Sagnol's cross; Dida does well to come through a crowd and punch clear.

  • 30'

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    France to win, with bet365  

  • 30'

    BLOCK! Thuram blocks Ronaldo's drive on the edge of the area after he had been played in by Ronaldinho.

  • 29'

    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.

  • 28'

    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.

  • 27'

    WASTED! Zidane takes the free-kick; he goes for goal, but curls his shot over the crossbar.

  • 27'

    Henry is fouled by Lucio; free-kick to France, 30 yards from the Brazilian goal...

  • 26'

    France are certainly having more of the possession, even if they have yet to really threaten Dida.

  • 25'

    Cafu is booked for a little tug on the shirt of Abidal as the full-back tried to get away from him.

  • 24'

    France are stroking the ball around with a lot of confidence.

  • 23'

    Malouda and Ribery have got to start making runs in bhind Cafu and Roberto Carlos, who are breaking forward at every oppoprtunity.

  • 22'

    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.

  • 21'

    Lucio breaks forward, feeds Kaka, but the Milan playmaker can't find Ronaldo with his pass.

  • 20'

    Henry is caught off-side; he has got to start timing his runs better.

  • 19'

    It is noticeable how well these two sides are passing the ball in these early stages; they are keeping possession with short, crisp passing.

  • 18'

    Ronaldinho tries to release Ronaldo through the middle, but Barthez collects on the edge of his area.

  • 17'

    Vieira is clobbered from behind as he and Juan challenge for a ball in the air.

  • 16'

    It has been a good opening to the match; very open and attacking, and it promises to be an entertaining game.

  • 15'

    Brazil to win, with bet365  
    France to win, with bet365  

  • 15'

    ALMOST! Ronaldinho's pass gets Ronaldo in down the right; his low cross is threatening, but Kaka can't get the vital touch.

  • 14'

    France win a corner as they put the Brazil defence under a little pressure. Zidane sends the corner in, but Dida punches clear.

  • 13'

    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.

  • 12'

    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.

  • 11'

    OVER! Ronaldinho sends a free-kick in to the back post, but Ronaldo, on the stretch, heads over the bar.

  • 10'

    NOT FROM THERE! Roberto Carlos opts to shoot from a ridiculously tight angle; unsurprisingly, he slices his effort high and wide.

  • 9'

    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.

  • 8'

    GOOD TACKLE! Gallas' well-timed tackle on the edge of his area halts Ze Roberto's run.

  • 7'

    This is a match played between the winners of the last three World Cups; there is a lot of pedigree out there.

  • 6'

    Zidane appears to be in imperious mood this evening; he is going through his full range of tricks.

  • 5'

    OFF-SIDE! Juan finds space at a free-kick; he tries to back-heel a volley towards goal, but is caught off-side.

  • 5'

    Juninho takes the corner, but Barthez comes out to punch clear.

  • 4'

    DEFLECTED! Juninho strikes the free-kick; it flicks off the top of the wall and out for a corner.

  • 4'

    Roberto Carlos and Juninho fight over who is going to take the free-kick...

  • 4'

    Ronaldinho is brought down on the edge of the penalty area by Ribery; dangerous spot...

  • 3'

    Of course, this could be Zidane's final game tonight; he is retiring from all forms of football after this tournament.

  • 2'

    AMAZING! Zidane shows he is up for this game with a superb little piece of dribbling before trying to release Henry.

  • 1'

    Brazil have made a couple of changes, dropping Adriano as they look to strengthen their midfield.


    Brazil kick off in Frankfurt.


    Hello, welcome to our coverage of the last quarter-final of the 2006 World Cup, between reigning champions Brazil and France.


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