April 26, 2018

France Book Russia Spot With Belarus Win

12 October 2017, 12:40 | Donald Newman

Paris Saint Germain star Kylian Mbappe was among the France players enjoying themselves

Paris Saint Germain star Kylian Mbappe was among the France players enjoying themselves

France and Belarus face off Tuesday in a World Cup Qualifying match in Paris.

That surpassed Raymond Domenech's 41 wins from 71 games (2004-2010) and Michel Hidalgo's equal mark from 75 encounters (1976-84).

France coach Didier Deschamps said that he was excited by the challenge of moulding his young team into a true force, after they were made to work hard by a lively Belarus before clinching a 2-1 Group A win at the Stade de France. As long as France perform competently and treat Belarus seriously, there should be no problem.

"We know we can improve things but, in terms of results, we got it done".

The French now lead the way on 20 points, but Sweden sit just one point behind as they travel to the Netherlands, threatening automatic qualification. Talk in the build-up to this game had centred on a match 24 years ago when Bulgaria had denied France a place at the 1994 World Cup in the United States.

See how to watch Tuesday's match below.

France is now first in Group A of the competition with 20 points but does not have a ticket secured to Russian Federation just yet. "This is a young team who have many qualities but they are young all the same, and we were facing an opponent which never gave up and played with intensity and speed". The stadium will be full and popular fervour surrounds this France team, one that is loved and supported.

"We had to fight to the end and play like men!" While he didn't cover himself in glory spilling Todor Nedelev's sighter from distance, Lloris pulled off a brilliant, instinctive, one-handed stop to keep out Georgi Kostadinov's follow-up header. But in exorcising the ghosts of 1993, France won't care a dime.

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