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France on brink of World Cup, Dutch hopes all but over

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Euro 2016 finalists France clinched their place in Russian Federation with a nervy 2-1 win over Belarus in Paris on Tuesday, leaving them four points clear at the top of Group A.

France host Belarus in their final World Cup qualifier on Tuesday evening knowing victory at the Stade de France will guarantee a place at the FIFA World Cup in Russian Federation.

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.

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.

Providing a cause for France's people to unite behind during some tough cultural times, Deschamps says that the supporters were just as vital to the win over Belarus as his players. "The fans will be right behind us, as was already the case when we played the Netherlands in the stadium".

Then it was Olivier Giroud who scored with a magnificent against favourable much too lucky.

He said he fully recognised that France had made life hard for themselves during their qualifying campaign, with baffling results like a goalless home draw against Luxembourg. I don't ask my team to go out there and wait and see what happens.

"I can't count on him for the next game".

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

The game will be played at Stade de France.

The teams France and Belarus of Group A face against each other today in the UEFA World Cup Qualifying.

"We know we can improve things but, in terms of results, we got it done".

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