France Vs. England, Euro 2012: French End 1st Half With Flourish

France are looking much livelier since England opened the scoring, and they're ending the first half with a flourish. Yohan Cabaye tries his luck with a long-range effort which is deflected behind for a corner by Steven Gerrard, and from said corner Karim Benzema is eventually able to skip into the box and cause Joe Hart a real problem, forcing the goalkeeper to save with his feet and concede another corner in the process.

Said corner is cleared only as far as Mathieu Debouchy, and the right back absolutely powers a shot towards goal from a full 40 yards. Fortunately for Hart's hands, the ball is knocked skywards by Danny Welbeck's outstretched foot and he's able to catch in the last meaningful action of the first half. We go into the break all square at 1-1.

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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