France nonetheless high the group on 9 factors from 5 video games after a 1-1 draw towards Bosnia on Wednesday and three days earlier than internet hosting second-placed Finland, who beat Kazakhstan 1-0.
Ukraine are third behind the Finns, who even have 5 factors, with Bosnia and Kazakhstan each on two factors.
“It was significantly better within the second half and we now have regrets within the first as we conceded the aim simply after lacking an opportunity,” mentioned coach Didier Deschamps.
“Enjoying all these matches in a row is difficult and really demanding however I am not searching for excuses.”
Kingsley Coman deputised in assault for Kylian Mbappe, who left the squad with calf ache, whereas Karim Benzema and Raphael Varane had been on the bench and changed within the beginning lineup by Anthony Martial and Kurt Zouma.
France obtained off to a energetic begin however struggled to search out their well past the hosts’ five-man defence and so they lacked inspiration all through.
Antoine Griezmann had a primary try on 27 minutes nevertheless it was Ukraine who had the primary clear probability via Andriy Yarmolenko, whose strike compelled Hugo Lloris into an excellent save within the thirty fifth.
Martial additionally had a possibility simply earlier than the break, however Shaparenko opened the scoring on the counter-attack with a splendid curled shot into the highest nook.
Martial, nonetheless, levelled 5 minutes into the second half from shut vary after Coman’s cross was deflected by Adrien Rabiot‘s header and bounced off a Ukraine defender.
Within the 63th minute, Moussa Diaby changed Coman and Benzema got here on for Martial.
Each substitutes mixed properly within the field with quarter-hour left, however Diaby’s shot hit keeper Andriy Pyatov‘s right-hand put up.
The guests, who regarded shaky towards Ukraine’s fast counter-attacks, had one other probability within the eighty fifth minute when Rabiot’s fierce, low 25-metre shot was saved by Pyatov.