Preview - France vs Belarus 11 Oct

Started by Bensergi, Oct 10, 2017, 10:23 PM

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France vs Belarus

Ahead of hosting Belarus on Tuesday, France are a point clear atop Group A and a win away from qualifying for the World Cup. France head coach Didier Deschamps has allied his team, reminding them the World Cup was the pinnacle.
"Players can play at the highest level in the biggest clubs, but there is nothing more beautiful than playing a World Cup. It's a global event for professional players," he said.

"The World Cup is the must-have. Sometimes you look at it in front of the TV. I watched two of them on TV.
"And I played a World Cup but we didn't need to qualify because it was at home."

France captain Hugo Lloris backed Kylian Mbappe, saying the talented forward could still make the difference for his nation.
Mbappe, 18, started for just the second time this qualifying campaign in the 1-0 victory over Bulgaria and was unable to have a major impact.

But Lloris backed the teenage forward, who has scored three goals in six games for Paris Saint-Germain this season.
"Mbappe needs to keep up with the French team. It's hard to judge a player's performance in the game against Bulgaria," the Tottenham goalkeeper said.


Match Stats:

  • France 2-1 Belarus
  • Shots: 14-12
  • Possession: 58%-42%
  • Corner kicks: 6-2

France clinched qualification for the World Cup thanks to goals from Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud in a hard-fought 2-1 win over Belarus on Tuesday.

Didier Deschamps's side successfully completed their tricky challenge of beating Bulgaria and Belarus in their final two qualifiers.

The victory meant they avoided the tension of the playoffs that they had to endure to reach the last two finals.

But although they top Group A, Deschamps's team were less than convincing at the Stade de France as already-eliminated Belarus repeatedly penetrated their rearguard.

Deschamps started with Atletico Madrid striker Griezmann and the aerial threat of Giroud, and Griezmann eased nerves in the 27th minute, producing a confident low finish from Blaise Matuidi's smart pass.

Six minutes later, Griezmann intercepted a weak pass out of the Belarus defence and fed Giroud, who shrugged off two defenders to bundle in his 28th international goal.

But the French defensive pairing then went to sleep, allowing Belarus to reduce the gap when the lively Anton Saroka swept past Hugo Lloris a minute before half-time.

Saroka gave France another jolt when he shot just wide in the 64th minute, but he was narrowly offside.

Paris Saint-Germain starlet Kylian Mbappe was introduced in the second half to inject pace and fresh ideas, but with the seconds ticking down to the final whistle, it was Saroka again who slid a shot just wide from close range.

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