Video: Paris celebrates World Cup qualification
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France on Tuesday defied all expectations by beating Ukraine 3-0, qualifying to go to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup finals. FRANCE 24 joined the celebrations on the streets of Paris last night.
French football fans turned out en masse Tuesday night to celebrate their qualification for the 2014 World Cup after coming back from the brink in a stunning 3-0 victory over Ukraine in Paris.
Les Bleus defied all expectations to overturn a 2-0 first-leg deficit and advance to next year's finals in Brazil with a remarkable performance at the Stade de France.
Cheering crowds celebrated the news across France, but it wasn’t just the French Tricolor flag that was flying amid the crowds – thousands of Algerians were also ecstatic after the former French colony made it through to Brazil with a 1-0 win over Burkina Faso on Tuesday.
An ‘impossible’ task
France needed a clear three-goal victory over Ukraine – and when France’s win was sealed by a second-half Ukrainian own goal, the streets and bars erupted in cheers.
“We started to believe in it at half time after two goals, two-nil,” one fan told FRANCE 24. “We were hoping the Ukrainians wouldn't score a goal. Then we succeeded in getting a third goal. Frankly, it was quite nice.”
On the Champs Elysées in Paris, France and Algeria supporters mixed happily.
“I'm happy for the qualification of the two countries, France and Algeria...We made it!” one Algerian fan told FRANCE 24.