Jeremy Menez, the former AS Roma winger is one talented player with dizzying bursts of acceleration, great ball skills, and perfect crosses. He was a menace all evening. France who were all over Ukraine went ahead with the trident of Franck Ribery, Karim Benzema, and Menez, with the winger left footing the ball past goalie, Andriy Pyatov near post for a perfect finish. A few minutes later Yohan Cabaye finished off a move begun by Karim Benzema, who played less directly than he normally does for Real Madrid. Cabaye could have had a third but his well struck half volley came off the upright. Ribery, down the left channel provided the cut and thrust as all the big names stepped it up a notch.
Ukraine were quite disappointing after their scintillating start against Sweden with Andriy Shevchenko having the best chance latching onto a long ball motoring past Adil Rami down the inside left but his shot was well covered by Hugo Lloris. There were opportunities as England demonstrated to exploit the pairing of Rami and Phillipe Mexes but Sheva was cut off from a decidedly unambitious midfield.
The match was delayed by about an hour due to an electrical storm that threw down dangerous bolts of lightning amidst the downpour. The Donbass Arena soon emptied out. Good work by the groundstaff to get the game going again.