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      20.11.2013 10:32 - in: Other competitions S

      Pogba’s France complete historic comeback

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      The Bianconeri midfielder features in Les Bleus’ 3-2 aggregate win over Ukraine, the first time a European team has qualified for the World Cup by overturning a two-goal deficit from the first leg

      Paul Pogba went down in history last night as part of a remarkable 3-2 comeback which enabled France to take their place in the World Cup finals at the expense of Ukraine.

      It was the first time a European team has qualified for the tournament by overturning a two-goal deficit from the first leg.

      Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho sparked hopes of a revival with the first goal on 22 minutes, establishing a lead that was soon doubled by Karim Benzema.

      Increased pressure after the restart saw Ukraine immediately reduced to 10 men, with Yevhen Khacheridi shown his marching orders following a second bookable offence for a challenge on Franck Ribery.

      On 72 minutes, the revival was complete. Ribery’s deflected shot was turned past his own goalkeeper by Oleg Gusev under pressure from Sakho, sparking scenes of jubilation from a vociferous crowd at the Stade du France.

      Over in Johannesburg, Fernando Llorente played the first 45 minutes of Spain’s 1-0 reverse at the hands of South Africa.

      After figuring as a substitute in his country’s weekend friendly win over Equatorial Guinea, the Pamplona-born forward was given the chance to impress from the start, but was one of a number of early second half changes as Vicente del Bosque looks to assess all his options ahead of the summer tournament.

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