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How to Watch France vs. Belarus

12 October 2017, 12:40 | Ken Black

France currently top Group A but four teams can still qualify as winners with two games left

France currently top Group A but four teams can still qualify as winners with two games left

France kept their noses in front in the European Group A race to qualify for the 2018 World Cup as Blaise Matuidi's early strike earned a 1-0 win in Bulgaria on Saturday.

But Didier Deschamps's side closed out the vital win, and three points at home to Belarus on Tuesday would book their ticket to Russian Federation.

The fifth-placed team have won only one game in qualification, and the depth of their squad will not worry France coach Didier Deschamps.

France has been a dominant team in this competition for the most part but has suffered some disappointing results like a 2-1 loss against Sweden and scoreless draws against Luxembourg and Belarus.

Then it was Olivier Giroud who scored with a magnificent against favourable much too lucky. If they draw, though, Sweden can gain that automatic spot instead with a win over the Netherlands, though there's a fair amount of weight on that match as well, with the Netherlands having a slim chance of snagging a playoff spot over Sweden. We also need to be effective. "We haven't been good to watch in qualifying, but I prefer to play badly and win".

But with the injured Ousmane Dembele, Paul Pogba and Benjamin Mendy still to return, Matuidi told reporters: "We have huge potential".

"You don't get global experience just like that".

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 Dutch needed a victory in Barysaw to keep alive any hopes of a top-two finish, but despite a third goal in two games from Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Davy Propper, Belarus equalised through Maksim Volodjko.

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



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