How to Watch France vs. Belarus

Christophe Jallet looks to throw the ball to a team-mate during the training session

That saw the Swedes temporarily move into top spot but victory means France know that three points at home to Belarus on Tuesday will book their place in Russian Federation. "We're happy, although I know it's logical and normal given the quality of the players I have".

France coach Didier Deschamps said that he was excited by the challenge of moulding his young team into a true force, after they were made to work hard by a lively Belarus before clinching a 2-1 Group A win at the Stade de France.

"There was a bit of tiredness and fragility because a lot was at stake", Deschamps said. "The essential thing (winning) is there, that's what matters, but we should be able to do better".

See how to watch Tuesday's match below. But dropped points to Luxembourg and Sweden over the last two worldwide match periods mean that they have just a one-point lead over the Swedes, and France has no room for error if they want to avoid a qualification playoff. Talk in the build-up to this game had centred on a match 24 years ago when Bulgaria had denied France a place at the 1994 World Cup in the United States.

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They have 20 points to Sweden's 19. "We knew it would be hard, they're a team that had won four times at home in this group".

Michael Skibbe's side are nearly certain to finish second as they host pointless Gibraltar in their last game on Tuesday, although they could still miss out on the play-offs as the worst second-placed team.

Of course, France has also dropped points to Belarus in qualifying, falling to a scoreless draw to Tuesday's opponents 13 months ago. Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris had little to do until the 37th minute when he was called into action twice in a matter of seconds.

Chelsea were left sweating on Saturday night after midfielder N'Golo Kante tweaked a hamstring playing for France against Bulgaria. Kante will miss Tuesday's match, Deschamps said.

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