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Kante ruled out of France's final World Cup qualifier

12 October, 2017, 00:43 | Author: Carla Brady
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Yet, both sides have much to improve on after stuttering campaigns almost derailed their hopes for automatic qualification as respective group winners.

Les Bleus, who have at least secured a playoff spot, will top Group A with victory at the Stade de France or if they draw and second-placed Sweden fail to beat the Netherlands.

Boss Didier Deschamps said: "The match allows us to punch our ticket for the World Cup".

France's midfielder Blaise Matuidi (C) celebrates with teammates after scoring his team's first goal during the FIFA World Cup 2018 qualifying football match between Bulgaria and France at The Vasil Levski Stadium in Sofia on October 7, 2017. We have youngsters who have a huge amount of talent and the older players are still on it.

The Belarusians recently were hammered 4-0 by Sweden, and France will believe the scoreline in Paris could mirror the result.




"We didn't control the matches", he admitted. Matches of the national and national youth teams will be televised live.

He added: "It's been a good qualifying campaign - we only lost one game - but we have to improve for the big competition".

"We've never pretended to be the best in the world, but we're capable of going head-to-head against any opponent", said Portugal coach Fernando Santos.

That surpassed Raymond Domenech's 41 wins from 71 games (2004-2010) and Michel Hidalgo's equal mark from 75 encounters (1976-84).

Switzerland will be among the seeded countries for the play-off draw on Oct 17 and could face Sweden, Northern Ireland, the Republic of Ireland or Greece for a place at Russian Federation 2018. But hey, these two goals are historic, then take the opportunity. "We knew it would be hard, they're a team that had won four times at home in this group".

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