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EURO 2012: France beats co-host Ukraine 2-0

1:34 PM, Jun 15, 2012   |    comments
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By JEROME PUGMIRE, AP Sports Writer

DONETSK, Ukraine (AP) - Jeremy Menez and Yohan Cabaye scored early in the second half Friday to give France a 2-0 win over Ukraine in a storm-delayed match at the European Championship.

Thunder, lightning and torrential rain forced the players off the field after five minutes, and the game took nearly an hour to resume.

When it did, Menez made up for two big misses. He put France ahead in the 53rd minute with a clinical strike into the bottom corner, and Cabaye scored three minutes later after being set up by Karim Benzema.

After a 1-1 draw with England, France has four points in Group D, one more than Ukraine, which beat Sweden.

The win was France's first at a major tournament since the 2006 World Cup semifinals and extended its unbeaten run to 23 games.

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