Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho stays calm after seeing France to the World Cup

Mamadou Sakho scored twice on Tuesday. Photo: PA

Two-goal star Mamadou Sakho insisted he was no hero after firing France to the World Cup finals at the expense of Ukraine in Paris on Tuesday night.

The Liverpool defender chose the perfect stage to net the first brace of his career - bookending the scoring either side of a Karim Benzema effort - as France overturned a 2-0 first-leg deficit to progress 3-2 on aggregate.

The result sparked wild scenes of celebration among a Stade de France crowd so often hostile to the players, and Sakho revelled in the occasion.

"There's pure happiness and we've written a page in French football history with this," the 23-year-old said.

"A lot of people didn't believe in us but there were also plenty who did.

"France showed a lot of virtues and it was extraordinary for everybody."

Asked about his own contribution, he said: "I don't see myself as a hero; the team was the hero in this one. I'd never previously scored a double in my career.

"We're going to Brazil and we have to take on board the lessons from all of our matches, not just this one."

Sakho opened the scoring with a close-range finish in the 22nd minute before two erroneous offside decisions balanced each other out as Benzema scored in the 34th minute - moments after seeing another effort disallowed.

After Ukraine had Yevhen Khacheridi sent off, Sakho popped up again with 18 minutes remaining to bundle the ball home from Franck Ribery's drilled cross.