France vs Belarus UEFA World Cup Qualifying (2-0)

Tricia Pearson
October 12, 2017

France beat Bulgaria 1-0 away on Saturday to move within touching distance of qualifying for next year's World Cup in Russian Federation, but Kante limped off shortly after half an hour and was replaced by Adrien Rabiot.

France are guaranteed at least a play-off berth in UEFA Group A qualification for the 2018 FIFA World Cup but will be attempting to secure top place as they host Belarus in Paris on Tuesday. The stadium will be full and popular fervour surrounds this France team, one that is loved and supported. "It's a muscular problem behind the thigh", Deschamps said. "The fans will be right behind us, as was already the case when we played the Netherlands in the stadium".

France had failed to win on any of their last seven visits to Bulgaria but Blaise Matuidi's early goal proved enough for a 1-0 victory in Sofia.

Then it was Olivier Giroud who scored with a magnificent against favourable much too lucky.

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Pogba's absence should not be an issue against Belarus, and the visitors will surely arrive with little hope of collecting anything from the contest.

He said he fully recognised that France had made life hard for themselves during their qualifying campaign, with baffling results like a goalless home draw against Luxembourg. We also need to be effective. "We must be aggressive from the start", Lloris told a news conference. "We're happy, although I know it's logical and normal given the quality of the players I have".

When we will be champions of the world, the 15 July, we will have a little thought for the evening as the one just experienced.

In order to win the game, France will have to find a way past goalkeeper Sergueï Tchernik, who plays his club football at Nancy in Ligue 2. "The essential thing (winning) is there, that's what matters, but we should be able to do better".

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