France frustrated by well-organised Belarus

first_imgFRANCE enjoyed most of the ball and had far more shots but they could not find a way past Belarus, as their opening qualification game for the World Cup ended 0-0.The Euro 2016 finalists fielded a much-changed back five from their clash against Portugal, but the midfield and the attack were mostly the same, with plenty of experience and talent.However, too often their final ball let them down or they made the wrong decision at the wrong time – and when they did find the target they found Belarus goalkeeper Andrey Gorbunov in fantastic form.Belarus worked extremely hard throughout the game and their defending was admirable, and even in attack they caused France a few problems with their breaks, although Steve Mandanda was never really tested.Only one team from the group will automatically qualify for World Cup 2018 and while Belarus would never have hoped for anything more than a play-off, France will now be under pressure in their next match against Bulgaria.(Eurosport)last_img

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