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Giroud targets Spain upset

10 September 2012 13:57

Olivier Giroud feels France have what it takes to finish ahead of Spain in their 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying group.

The Arsenal striker believes the reigning European champions are the best team in the world, but is still hopeful of causing an upset by beating Spain to automatic qualification for the finals in Brazil.

"Spain are benefiting from an incredible generation of players who have been performing together for a very long time," Giroud told the FIFA website.

"I don't know if any team will ever be able to do better than they have. That said, from what I could see from the sidelines, I don't think we were that far away from them during that quarter-final," he said, referring to Spain's 2-0 win over France at Euro 2012.

"Spain are the best team in the world, so it's going to be difficult, but not impossible. We have to show some ambition. If we can win every one of our other matches, anything can happen in the two games we play against them.

"We're going to try our utmost to qualify automatically and avoid the play-offs, because those are always dangerous to be involved in.

"The fact that Brazil are hosting the next World Cup obviously gives everyone a little bit of extra motivation. It's an event that nobody wants to miss."

France beat Finland 1-0 in their opening game on Friday and will lock horns with Belarus on Tuesday.

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3 - 1

Competition
WC Qualification Europe
Date
11 September 2012
Kick-off
21:00
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
3 - 1
Venue
Stade de France (Paris)
Attendance
52552

Goals

E. Capoue 50'
(assist by F. Ribéry) 
1 - 0
C. Jallet 69'
(assist by F. Ribéry) 
2 - 0
2 - 1
F. Ribéry 80'
(assist by K. Benzema) 
3 - 1

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