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France must be aggressive from the start against Belarus, says Hugo Lloris

France must be aggressive from the start against Belarus, says Hugo Lloris

That surpassed Raymond Domenech's 41 wins from 71 games (2004-2010) and Michel Hidalgo's equal mark from 75 encounters (1976-84).

After a bright start underlined by goals from Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud, Les Bleus appeared to tire in the second half as the exertions of two matches in four days showed following a 1-0 win against Bulgaria in Sofia on Saturday. "It's a special game for the whole team because it's our last chance to take points and prove to everybody that we're capable of competing against very good opposition".

The French now lead the way on 20 points, but Sweden sit just one point behind as they travel to the Netherlands, threatening automatic qualification. "We're still first - that's important - we've got one match left and (qualification) remains in our hands, so we have to win on Tuesday".

It's a crucial match for the French, with a sure first place spot and World Cup berth clinched with the win.

They have 20 points to Sweden's 19.

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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. The stadium will be full and popular fervour surrounds this France team, one that is loved and supported. "Sweden had won just before, it was important to win here", said Matuidi.

"They're coming here to defend so we will have to find the solution".

"We weren't necessarily used to playing together". Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris had little to do until the 37th minute when he was called into action twice in a matter of seconds.

Chelsea midfielder N'Golo Kante has been ruled out of France's final World Cup qualifier at home to Belarus on Tuesday due to a muscle injury, national team coach Didier Deschamps has said. But in exorcising the ghosts of 1993, France won't care a dime.