France drew for the fifth game in a row in all competitions as their stuttering World Cup qualifying campaign continued with an entertaining draw in Ukraine.
Mykola Shaparenko put the hosts ahead with an excellent 44th-minute strike into the top corner from 20 yards. But Manchester United striker Anthony Martial bundled in a close-range equalizer for only his second international goal, and first since 2016.
Moussa Diaby almost won the game for France, but hit the post from Karim Benzema’s pass.
Speaking after the match Martial rued the dropped points but was happy to see his side come back and at least get something from a losing position.
“It was a difficult match for us, we were able to come back to the score, it was the most important,” he told L’Equipe.
When asked about scoring a rare goal at international level Martial admitted it had been long overdue.
“It’s been a long time since I scored so it does me a lot of good.”
France top the group on nine points from five games but Finland, in second on five points, have two games in hand. France host Finland on Tuesday.
Including their 3-3 draw with Switzerland at Euro 2020, a match they lost on penalties, France have now drawn their past five games.