World Cup qualifiers: France need a win, and a favor from Finland

The Spanish are the favorites to win the group with the match at Finland followed by home games against Belarus and Georgia. But Finland has already shown it can play with Spain, holding the world champions to a 1-1 draw in March.

updated: September 05, 2013 19:37 IST
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Georgia: A win over Georgia and a favor from Finland are just what France need in World Cup qualifying.

The French are second in Group I, one point behind Spain. The Spanish play at Finland on Friday, while France visits Georgia.

"We know we have difficult games ahead of us. But Spain also has an important match in Finland, one of those teams will drop points," France defender Bacary Sagna said. "We have to take full advantage of any slip-up to reclaim first place, and we have to win both of our matches."

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