STALEMATE: France fail to break English barricade
FRANCE and England drew 1-1 in their Euro 2012 Group D match yesterday.
Eng la nd had opened the socring when Joleon Lescott rose brilliantly to meet captain Steven Gerrard’s perfectlydelivered freekick on the half hour mark and give Hugo Lloris no chance.
The French went close to drawing level in the 35th minute as midfielder Alou Diarra’s header was goalbound but England ‘keeper Joe Hart pulled off a brilliant reaction save.
However, the French did equalise in the 39th minute as Samir Nasri fired in a right-footed shot from just outside the area to beat his Manchester City clubmate Joe Hart, who dived late perhaps having been unsighted.
Nasri celebrated in rather bizarre fashion r unning towards the dugouts holding a finger to his lips and then mouthing to an unidentified target ‘shut your mouth’.
France had come into the match on a 21-game unbeaten run but searching for their first win in a group match at a finals since beating Togo in the 2006 World Cup. AFP