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

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

France host Belarus in their final World Cup qualifier on Tuesday evening knowing victory at the Stade de France will guarantee a place at the FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation. "From that point, I always thought we had to win all our remaining games because I was convinced the Swiss wouldn't drop any points before coming to Lisbon".

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. They were more aggressive.

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




It's a crucial match for the French, with a sure first place spot and World Cup berth clinched with the win. Defeat would also send them to Russian Federation if Sweden lose.

See how to watch Tuesday's match below. Fortunately for France, that was one of just five points that Belarus have earned, and they've lost six of eight qualifying matches since then, including getting outscored 8-1 in their last three matches, all losses. This was a very different scenario, though, as France rarely looked in difficulty against limited opponents who have never found a generation of players to replace the likes of Hristo Stoichkov and Yordan Letchkov, who took them to the semi-finals in the US.

"Tonight we did not do everything well, there may have been a little tension too and this Belarusian team did not let go". Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris had little to do until the 37th minute when he was called into action twice in a matter of seconds. Bulgaria had an early chance in the second period, but Spas Delev fired well off target.

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