Samir Nasri
Samir Nasri reacts after scoring against England in France's Euro 2012 opener Reuters

When and where: The Group D contest kicks-off from the Donbass Arena in Donetsk, Ukraine, at noon ET. Coverage will be provided by ESPN2, with a live stream available on ESPN3.

Preview: Ukraine produced a truly memorable occasion as veteran striker Andriy Shevchenko rolled back the years to lead the co-hosts to a come-from-behind victory against Sweden to begin their Euro 2012 campaign in style.

The reactions of the players and coaching staff at the final whistle clearly demonstrating that the victory had been about so much more than just the three points. After preparation for the biggest sporting event in the nation's post-communist history had been beset by concerns over the infrastructure of the country and the team, both had come together to prove a rip-roaring success on one spectacular evening.

The question for Ukraine now is whether that match will prove to be a glorious one-off or if they can go one better and make it through a tricky group. With games against France and England to come, victory over Sweden was always likely to be essential. Now, whatever happens against France, Oleg Blokhin's side are assured of going into their final match with England with a chance of making the last eight. But spurred on by a fervent home support they will now be confident of proving a match for any side.

At 35 it may be too much to expect Shevchenko to put in a similarly heroic performance twice in five days. but he is far from Ukraine's only hope. Lining up on either side of their frontman, Ukraine have two players who have the ability to make a real impact. At 22, both Andriy Yarmolenko and Yevheny Konoplyanka should be fixtures in the side for years to come and they will fancy their chances of exploiting a less than resolute French back line.

It was very much a mixed report for France after their opening draw with England. Les Bleus controlled possession, with Samir Nasri looking like he is ready to become a true star in a French shirt.

But for all their neat play, Laurent Blanc's side was all too often reduced to pot shots from long range against an admittedly ultra defensive-minded England. France will undoubtedly be expecting more from Franck Ribery as they look to provide the ammunition for the dangerous Karim Benzema.

It is still the defense that remains the major concern. They could receive better protection, though, with the potential return of Yann M'Vila in the holding midfield role, after Alou Diarra failed to cover himself in glory on Monday.

Ukraine (probable)

G: Pyatov

D: Gusev, Mikhalik, KhacheridiSelin


Yarmolenko, Nazarenko, Konoplyanka

F: Voronin


France (probable)

G: Lloris

D: Debuchy, Rami, Mexes, Evra

M: Cabaye, M'Vila, Malouda

Nasri, Ribery

F: Benzema

Prediction: Blokhin may well decide to leave Shevchenko for a spot off the bench with a defensive midfielder coming into the side in his place. Whether or not that is the case, expect Ukraine to be set-up much more as a counter-attacking side against France. The quick of feet and of mind duo of Konoplyanka and Yarmolenko could cause France problems on the break, especially taking advantage of the forward forays of Mathieu Debuchy and Patrice Evra.

But France should pose more than a few problems of their own against what is a suspect back line. A subpar Sweden still created and spurned chances aplenty against Ukraine, and it is unlikely that a French side with ample attacking talent will prove quite as wasteful.

France 2-1 Ukraine