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PARIS -- France reached the World Cup against the odds after beating Ukraine 3-0 on Tuesday, overturning a first-leg deficit with a performance full of pride and confidence after most observers had written the team off. Donald Penn Raiders Jersey . Backs to the wall after a 2-0 defeat last Friday, France started at a frenetic pace and never let up against a dispirited Ukraine that played most of the second half with 10 men. France was already leading 2-0 by then after Mamadou Sakho scored his first international goal midway through the first half and Karim Benzema added a close-range finish in the 34th. "Ive experienced some great moments but this one is special. Its fabulous, especially after the first game and the bad result we got there," France coach Didier Deschamps said. "The players should get all the credit because they did something special." Ukraine went down to 10 men when fullback Yevhen Khacheridi was red-carded for fouling Franck Ribery in the 47th minute. France sealed qualification in the 72nd when Ukraine subsitute Oleg Gusev turned a cross into his own net under pressure from Sakho. "We should have worked harder and been more organized," Ukraine coach Mykhailo Fomenko said. "I warned my players before the match to avoid the yellow and red cards but this was very difficult." There were delirious scenes at the end as France players rushed off the bench to celebrate. Bullied all night in Kyiv last Friday, the French responded brilliantly in a performance full of bravery, panache and determination. "Its the magic of football. Four days ago we were bad, very bad," Deschamps said. "Tonight the players were present and I had no doubt they would be." The players, under intense pressure in the build-up to the game, grabbed flags and sprinted around the field in jubilation as France avoided the embarrassment of failing to qualify for a major tournament for the first time in 20 years. "Its been a very long time since we saw the Stade de France like this," Ribery said. "We took a big slap in Ukraine and we woke up. We were stuck together until the end and we showed it on the pitch." Olivier Giroud grabbed a microphone and got the crowd singing along to the national anthem as pent-up emotions were well and truly released. "Weve suffered so much, theres been so much sadness," Ribery said. "This is wonderful, magnificent." In a match four years ago, 10,000 travelling Irish fans drowned out the home support. But there was no danger of that this time from Ukraines considerably smaller following. Pre-match footage on the stadiums big screen showed clips of glory days: the Platini years, the 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000. Perhaps this was an attempt to jog the crowds memory, a last-ditch plea to get them to rally behind the team. Or perhaps it was a simpler message: "This is how to win, remember?" The words to "La Marseillaise" then popped up on the screen, offering further encouragement to show their support. It seemed to have the desired effect as France poured forward and had Ukraine firmly on the back foot from the outset, with Mathieu Valbuena going close with a rising shot and Paul Pogba and Benzema heading over from good positions. Piatov had kept eight consecutive clean sheets but his resistance was finally broken when Sakho pounced to turn the ball in from close range after Piatov pushed away Riberys shot from the edge of the penalty area. The way Sakho sprinted to the bench, thumping his chest with pride, showed just how intense the strain had been on the French since Friday. Some of the tackling was ferocious, as this time France stood up to the physical challenge after their battering in Kyiv. "I know the French team is very strong and can play at a very high level. They were playing at home and their fans were very good," Fomenko said. "I regret a few things. We werent good psychologically. We needed to be ready and I dont think we were." Piatov was well beaten for the second goal when Cabayes attempted shot deflected favourably into the path of Benzema and he stroked it into the bottom corner. Moments before halftime, Sakho stretched his leg high to poke the ball away from Roman Zozulya as he was about to shoot and, from the resulting corner, Andriy Yarmolenkos goal-bound hit Mathieu Debuchys chest. The French bench rose in unison when Gusev turned a cross into his own net and substitute Giroud almost made it 4-0 but his point-blank header was superbly saved. Art Shell Womens Jersey . Louis Cardinals a hard-fought victory. The Colorado Rockies intentionally walked Yadier Molina with one out and runners on first and third to load the bases for Kozma. Donald Penn Jersey . "Its embarrassing what were doing here," leading scorer Phil Kessel said Wednesday. The most recent failed season came with even more pain than the six that preceded it. There was no hint of an impending implosion when the Leafs came roaring out of the all-star break with back-to-back games against Pittsburgh -- a 5-4 shootout loss followed by a 1-0 win the next night.TORONTO - The Womens World Cup comes to Canada in the summer of 2015 as the FIFA showcase expands to 24 teams for the first time. A look at the tournament, which will take place in Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, Ottawa, Montreal and Moncton from June 6 to July 5:Getting There: Some 128 nations, playing 398 qualification matches from April 2013 to December 2014, battled it out to fill the 23 slots alongside host Canada. There were 1,643 goals scored in qualifying (an average of 4.13 per game) with games in 79 countries and 179 cities. Average attendance was 2,378 at the games where a count was kept.---World Cup Debuts: Cameroon, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ivory Coast, Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland, Thailand.---Stars are Born: Teenager Vivianne Miedema led the Dutch charge to Canada. The 18-year-old forward, who plays for Bayern Munichs womens team, scored 16 goals in qualifying including all three Dutch scores in a two-game playoff win over Italy ... Attacking midfielder Yoreli Rincon, 21, leads the Colombia attack and was named player of the tournament at the Copa America ... Ecuador coach Vanessa Arauz, just 25, guided her team to Canada via a playoff win over Trinidad and Tobago ... Mexican goalie Cecilia Santiago, 20, featured in a record four FIFA U-20 championships ... Nigerian forward Desire Oparanozie, 21, was the leading scorer at the African Women’s Championship ... Norwegian winger Caroline Hansen, 19, led her country with eight goals in nine qualifying matches.---Home Team: Canada is playing in its sixth straight World Cup,, missing out only on the inaugural tournament in 1991. Tim Brown Womens Jersey. . But the Canadians have advanced out of the group stage just once, in 2003 when they finished fourth after losing to Sweden in the semifinals and the U.S. in the match for third place. Canadas record at the World Cup is 4-11-3. Canada finished last, in 16th place, at the 2011 tournament.---The Controversy: Turf, turf, turf. Lawyers representing a rebel faction of elite players have done a marvellous job keeping their human rights challenge to the use of artificial turf in the headlines. The women contend that they are being discriminated against because they are playing their World Cup on artificial turf while the mens showcase tournament is played on natural grass. Amazingly FIFA president Sepp Blatter has managed to stay out of the turf morass. Secretary-general Jerome Valcke has played the heavy.--Facts: New Zealand has not lost a World Cup qualifier since a 2003 defeat to Australia, which now competes in the Asian Football Confederation. The Football Ferns have won 11 straight in qualifying, outscoring their opponents 101-1. ... Swiss goalies Gaelle Thalmann and Stenia Michel combined for nine shutouts in 10 qualifying matches.---Favourites: The U.S., Germany, Japan, Brazil and France are seeded for a reason, qualifying for the Canadian tournament with just one loss (Brazil lost 2-0 to Argentina) between them. The Americans, France and Germany won all their qualifying matches while Japans lone blemish was a tie.Follow @NeilMDavidson on Twitter Cheap NFL Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys China Cheap Jerseys From China Cheap NFL Jerseys Authentic Wholesale Jerseys China Cheap NFL Jerseys China NFL Cheap Jerseys Cheap NFL Jerseys ' ' '