France Book Russia Spot With Belarus Win

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Despite Kante's injury, Les Bleus clinched their first victory in Bulgaria for 85 years to move back to the top of Group A in the race to qualify for next year's World Cup finals.

The job of World Cup qualification isn't done yet for France, who sit in first place in Group A of UEFA qualifying, but have not yet secured themselves a spot in Russian Federation next summer. "It was a hard match with lots of mistakes, commitment", said Deschamps, who became France's most successful coach with a 42nd victory from 68 matches since taking over the reins in 2012.

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. "The fans will be right behind us, as was already the case when we played the Netherlands in the stadium". Didier Deschamps' men are coming from a slim 1-0 win against Bulgaria, where a goal by Blaise Matuidi secured the three points from the game.

Then it was Olivier Giroud who scored with a magnificent against favourable much too lucky. A repeat of that result would leave the door ajar for Sweden, provided the Swedes are able to win away to the Netherlands. We also need to be effective.

"I can't count on him for the next game. We must be aggressive from the start", Lloris told a news conference.

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

An own goal from Johan Djourou handed Portugal the lead on 41 minutes and Andre Silva netted a second before the hour as they finished top of Group B ahead of Switzerland on goal difference.

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.

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