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  Qualifying Round

  

Group 1

Following the UEFA EURO 2004 qualifying draw France had every reason to be confident. 

The then coach Roger Lemerre admitted his side had been given a "favourable draw" after being pitted against Slovenia, Cyprus, Israel and Malta in Group 1. However, most attention was on memories of the last major meeting between the French and Israelis. On that occasion a shock home defeat helped deny France a place in the 1994 FIFA World Cup finals. 

Slovenia also had every right to be confident after reaching the finals of EURO 2000 but it was the French, as reigning champions, who were strongly tipped - in the event justifiably so. Despite the disappointment of exiting the 2002 World Cup finals at the first-round stage, Les Bleus bounced back in style under new coach Jacques Santini. They won every one of their eight qualifiers, scoring 29 goals and conceding just two. They only had to come from behind once, to win 2-1 in their first fixture in Cyprus. 

Slovenia began their campaign in style, seeing off Malta 3-0 at home to suggest that they were likely to provide the most serious threat to the French. However, their challenge was disrupted in October when France put five past them without reply. Israel began their campaign the same day with a 2-0 success in Malta. Later that month, France won 4-0 against Malta to confirm their superiority before the Maltese went down again at the hands of Cyprus.

In the spring, France and Slovenia both won twice in succession while Israel maintained their push by beating Cyprus and then drawing 0-0 at home against Slovenia. However, the Israeli challenge for second place was then all but ended by Slovenia who, inspired by Zlatko Zahovic, beat them 3-1 at home. France, meanwhile, maintained their dominance with a 5-0 win over Cyprus. Israel were then held to a 2-2 draw at home to Malta thus ending their hopes of reaching the play-offs. 

France's final test was passed with flying colours as they beat Slovenia 2-0 in Ljubljana, David Trezeguet and Oliver Dacourt scoring the goals that sealed their passage to Portugal and condemned Slovenia to the play-offs with a match to spare. On the final day, with little to play for, the French sealed the only 100 per cent record in all ten groups by beating Israel 3-0 while Cyprus drew 2-2 with Slovenia, who were paired with neighbours Croatia in the play-offs two days later.
- UEFA.com

 
Slovenia 3-0 Malta 07/09/02
Debono og 37
Siljak 59
Cimerotic 90
 
Cyprus 1-2 France 07/09/02
Okkas 15 Cisse 38
Wiltord 52
France 5-0 Slovenia 12/10/02
Vieira 10
Marlet 35, 64
Wiltord 79
Govou 86
 
Malta 0-2 Israel 12/10/02
  Balili 56
Revivo 77
Malta 0-4 France 16/10/02
  Henry 25, 36
Wiltord 59
Carriere 85
Cyprus 2-1 Malta 20/11/02
Rauffmann 50
Okkas 74
n/a
Cyprus 1-1 Israel 29/03/03
Rauffmann 61 Afek 1
France 6-0 Malta 29/03/03
Wiltord 37
Henry 39, 54
Zidane pen 57, 90
Trezeguet 70
 
Slovenia 4-1 Cyprus 02/04/03
Siljak 4, 14
Zahovic 39 pen
Cah 43
Konstantinou 9
Israel 1-2 France 02/04/03
Afek 2 Trezeguet 23
Zidane 45
Malta 1-3 Slovenia 30/04/03
Mifsud 90 Zahovic 15
Saljak 37
Ceh 58
Israel 2-0 Cyprus 30/04/03
Badir 88
Holtzman 90
 
Israel 0-0 Slovenia 07/06/03
   
Malta 1-2 Cyprus 07/06/03
Dimech 72 Constantinou 23 pen, 54
France 5-0 Cyprus 06/09/03
Trezeguet 8, 80
Wiltord 18, 40
Henry 58
 
Slovenia 3-1 Israel 06/09/03
Siljak 35
Knavs 37
Ceh 76
Revivo 67
Israel 2-2 Malta 10/09/03
Revivo 15
Pini Balili 78
Mifsud 50
Carabott 52
Slovenia 0-2 France 10/09/03
  Trezeguet 11
Dacourt 73
Cyprus 2-2 Slovenia 11/10/03
Georgiou 71
Giasemi 80
Siljak 7, 24
France 3-0 Israel 11/10/03
Henry 8
Trezeguet 25
Boumsong 42

 

 

 

 

 

  Group Standings

Group 1
France
Slovenia
Israel
Cyprus
Malta

P
8
8
8
8
8

W
8
4
2
2
0

D
0
2
3
2
1

L
0
2
3
4
7

F
29
15
9
9
5

A
2
11
11
18
24

Pt
24
14
9
8
0

 

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