Blaise Matuidi unconcerned by France World Cup qualifying struggles

12 October, 2017, 00:44 | Author: Douglas Reid
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Belarus does not have much to play for in this game but France will look to obtain the win that will secure a first-place finish.

France have to beat Belarus in the Stade de France to advance to the world's top tournament in 2018, and while that's obviously not a bad situation, France would have preferred to have qualification wrapped up far before the final matchday of the group.

France and Belarus face off Tuesday in a World Cup Qualifying match in Paris. "We didn't have a great second half, we had few opportunities and struggled a lot". "The essential thing (winning) is there, that's what matters, but we should be able to do better".

It's a crucial match for the French, with a sure first place spot and World Cup berth clinched with the win.

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See how to watch Tuesday's match below. Defeat would also send them to Russian Federation if Sweden lose. In the last five matches, France has won three matches, lost one match and the other match ended in a draw whereas the team Belarus has won one match and lost four matches. We have youngsters who have a huge amount of talent and the older players are still on it. "I haven't had time to analyse our potential opponents, but I know they all have competitive teams".

"We weren't necessarily used to playing together". 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.

Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante has been ruled out of France's final World Cup qualifier at home to Belarus on Tuesday due to a muscle injury, national team coach Didier Deschamps has said. Bulgaria had an early chance in the second period, but Spas Delev fired well off target. But in exorcising the ghosts of 1993, France won't care a dime.

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