Ukraine vs France Thunderstorm Suspends Match

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The Dutch referee Bjorn Kuipers ordered the teams off five minutes into the game with a violent thunderstorm raging around them.

However, after the rain died down Kuipers inspected the pitch with UEFA officials and with the ground staff working overtime to soak up the surface water he declared it fit to play on.

The Ukraine v France Euro 2012 Group D match resumed at 1700GMT after a 57 minute suspension because of torrential rain on Friday.

The contest between Ukraine and France was halted about five minutes in due to torrential lightning storm. Play resumed an hour or so later, and France ran away 2-0 victors, leaving them on top of Group D, and Ukraine in third.

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