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Deschamps delighted with perfect start

12 September 2012 02:29

France coach Didier Deschamps was delighted with his side's 3-1 victory over Belarus in FIFA World Cup qualifying on Tuesday.

The 1998 world champions broke the deadlock in the second half after a profligate first half in which Mamadou Sakho, Olivier Giroud and Yohan Cabaye failed to convert gilt-edged chances in the Group I clash at Stade de France in Paris.

Etienne Capoue opened the scoring after sustained pressure from Georgi Kondratiev's side, before Paris Saint-Germain captain Christophe Jallet fortuitously scored a long-range strike, despite his ball seemingly meant to be a cross to the goal mouth.

Despite Anton Putsila reducing the deficit after initially missing from the spot, Franck Ribery secured the nation's first victory over Belarus with a well-taken third.

The former Marseille boss was eager to stress that while they remained in a difficult group, they had gotten off to a flying start to top the division on six points.

"It was not easy today, we should've been ahead at half-time. Paradoxically, we scored when we were (performing) worse," the 43-year-old told TF1.

"It is not easy to win games in this group, as we have seen with Spain who struggled against Georgia (Spain won 1-0). Us? We have six points, we have achieved our goal."

On Jallet's first goal for les Bleus, Deschamps provided a tongue-in-cheek comment.

"Jallet has trained all week to score goals like that," Deschamps joked.

"I have a group of 23 players who are close to each other, I am trying to cover everybody, and those who have played today have proven their place in the squad."

France's next World Cup qualifier is against Spain on October 16.

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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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