France twice come from behind to beat Belarus

Gomel (Belarus), Sep 11 (IANS): France twice came from behind to beat Belarus 4-2 in a European zone World Cup qualifier here.

Franck Ribery netted a brace Tuesday night as France recorded their first win in six matches as they drew level with Spain at the top of Group I, albeit having played a game more than the world champions, reports Xinhua.

France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris saw Egor Filipenko head Belarus in front on 32 minutes before Ribery responded with a penalty just after half-time.

After Lloris allowed the hosts to move back in front through Timofei Kalachev, a second Ribery strike plus goals from Samir Nasri and Paul Pogba steered France to a much-needed victory.

France have 14 points from seven matches, level with Spain, who were not in qualifying action Tuesday, as Les Bleus guaranteed themselves second-place in the group and a potential play-off berth.

In the next round of the group, France will play Finland and Belarus will meet Spain.


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