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Deschamps: Ribery holds the key

26 March 2013 10:17

Didier Deschamps believes Franck Ribery could prove to be France's match winner in Tuesday's World Cup qualifier against Spain.

France can take a big step toward qualification for next year's tournament if they bag the three points against the reigning world champions, and the 44-year-old believes the Bayern Munich winger will play a key role in the crucial Group I clash.

"Ribery is a player capable of making the difference any time," the France coach said at a press conference.

Deschamps then went on to discuss the situation of Karim Benzema, who has been heavily criticised recently for his goal drought for the national side.

"I won't say if he'll play on Tuesday or not, but I know his qualities well."

The former Olympique de Marseille boss also had his say on the absence of Jordi Alba for Spain, and believes the left-back's injury could prove to be a problem for Spain.

"It's a big loss for them. (Nacho) Monreal is a high-quality player, but he isn't at the same level as Alba."

France hold a two-point lead over Spain at the top of Group I.

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Spain

W L W L L
Competition
WC Qualification Europe
Date
26 March 2013
Kick-off
21:00
Half-time
0 - 0
Full-time
0 - 1
Venue
Stade de France (Paris)
Attendance
78329

Goals

0 - 1
58' Pedro
 (assist by Nacho Monreal)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
1
15
3
21
4
7
12 68'
8
6 54'
19 77' 78'
10
Coach: D. Deschamps
# Player Bookings
12
15
19
17 86'
3
6
14
8 32'
16
7
11 58'
Coach: Del Bosque

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
22
10 78'
13
2
5
20
23
4
9
1
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