Published November 19, 2013
PARIS – France overturned a two-goal deficit from the first leg and beat Ukraine 3-0 Tuesday night on goals by Mamadou Sakho and Karim Benzema followed by a 72nd-minute own goal by Oleg Gusev.
Les Bleus, the 1998 world champion, played with a man advantage after Yevhen Khacheridi was given a red card for fouling Franck Ribery in the 47th minute.
Sakho began the comeback in the 22nd minute with his first international goal, and Benzema tied the home-and-home, total-goals series in the 34th with his third goal in his last four matches for France.
France went ahead when Gusev, who entered in the 64th minute, turned in a cross under pressure from Sakho.