France Vs. England, Euro 2012: Alou Diarra Nearly Brings France Level

There's the France cutting edge. Mathieu Debouchy breaks down the right - this is becoming a theme - and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain brings him down with a very late tackle. The foul earns the 18-year-old a yellow car, and very nearly leads to a France equaliser.

It's a very similar opportunity to the chance that Joleon Lescott converted, too, a wide free kick sprayed into the penalty area. This time Alou Diarra rises above the defence and hammers a header towards the goal, but Joe Hart is up to the challenge and beats the ball away. It doesn't get to safety, though - Franck Ribery does excellently to catch the ball before it goes out of play and sends it back across the face of goal, where Diarra heads just wide. That was very, very close. Good game, this. England still lead 1-0.

We have live coverage in our France vs. England, Euro 2012 StoryStream. For more on Euro 2012 and the entire world of football, follow @SBNationSoccer on twitter.

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