France were left to settle for a place in the play-offs despite a 3-0 win over Finland in their final FIFA World Cup qualifier on Tuesday.
Didier Deschamps' men headed into the game three points adrift of Group I leaders Spain, and knew that victory would likely not be enough to see them qualify automatically.
Franck Ribery gave France the lead with a superb finish from distance after just eight minutes, before Joona Toivio's own goal and Karim Benzema's late strike ensured triumph.
France dictated for the majority of the game in what was a strong performance, but their efforts proved in vain as Spain's 2-0 win over Georgia ensured that the world and European champions topped the group.
Deschamps made just two changes from the side that side that hammered Australia 6-0 on Friday as Blaise Matuidi and Mathieu Valbuena replaced Yohan Cabaye and Loic Remy.
The hosts made a quick start to proceedings, Paul Pogba firing wide as Deschamps' men looked to seize the advantage early.
And it did not take them long to find the opener as Ribery cut inside on to his right foot before firing a magnificent long-range effort in off the bar, leaving Niki Maenpaa helpless.
France showed great attacking intent in the first half, and only the reflexes of Maenpaa prevented them from doubling their lead as he saved well to keep out Valbuena's header.
Finland were a danger on the counter, though, and France had captain Hugo Lloris to thank for preserving their lead, the Tottenham goalkeeper producing a fine stop from midfielder Kaspar Hamalainen one-on-one.
The visitors looked to gain confidence from that near miss, and they almost took the lead in spectacular fashion as Alexander Ring's improvised volley dipped just over the bar.
Still, Maenpaa was the busier of the two keepers, and demonstrated more wonderful reflexes to repel Olivier Giroud's point-blank strike after the Arsenal forward had latched on to Ribery's pull back.
France were almost made to pay for their profligacy early in the second half as Teemu Pukki shot wide following good link-up play with Hamalainen.
Deschamps' side found plenty of space in the Finland defence, however they were once again thwarted by Maenpaa, who performed further heroics to parry Mathieu Debuchy's fierce drive.
The second goal did finally arrive after 75 minutes when Toivio turned Giroud's header into his own net after the striker had risen to meet Debuchy's fine right-wing cross.
Substitute Remy hit the post with a header, before Cabaye wasted a gilt-edged chance to score, but a third arrived three minutes from time as Benzema hooked home Ribery's left-wing cross.
France will discover their opponent in the play-offs when the draw is made on Monday.
|Coach: D. Deschamps|
for B. Matuidi 70'
for S. Nasri 71'
for O. Giroud 81'
|Ighalo rejected Chinese fortune for Premier League dream|
|Tuchel inspired by Kerber as Dortmund hunt down Bayern|
|Liverpool chief warns fans: Be careful what you wish for|
|Malaga 3 Getafe 0: Debut goal for Atsu in routine victory|
|Brighton and Hove Albion 3 Brentford 0: Hughton´s side boost promotion hopes|
|Borussia Monchengladbach 5 Werder Bremen 1: Christensen double inspires emphatic win|
|Aguero lauds Vardy ahead of top-two clash|
|Levante v Barcelona: Guardiola record beckons in Luis Enrique´s 100th game in charge|
|Strootman scores on return to action|
|Barcelona respond to Mediapro allegations|
|Frosinone v Juventus: Cuadrado not thinking of Napoli test|
|Herrera fires warning to Guardiola ahead of Manchester City move|
|Chelsea v Manchester United: Hiddink unconcerned by Van Gaal rivalry|
|Granada v Real Madrid: El-Arabi backs revamped hosts to shock Zidane´s men|
|Chelsea won´t take risks with Pato - Hiddink|
|CAF backs Sheikh Salman in FIFA race|
|AFC Bournemouth v Arsenal: Wenger pleased with Afobe success|
|Van Gaal: Beating Chelsea will keep title hopes alive|
|AC Milan v Udinese: In-form Niang wary of distractions|
|Marseille v Paris Saint-Germain: Di Maria relishing Classique experience|
|Simeone shoulders blame for misfit Martinez|
|Welbeck closes on Arsenal comeback|
|Verona v Inter: Icardi out to silence critics|
|Leicester remind Pellegrini of his Villarreal|
|Veteran Weidenfeller extends Dortmund stay|
|Klopp laughs off Sturridge exit rumours|
|Impending Chelsea exit hasn´t affected Terry, claims Hiddink|
|Pellegrini: City did nothing behind my back over Guardiola|
|Fred´s doping ban extended worldwide by FIFA|
|Berahino won´t start against suitors Newcastle - Pulis|
|Guardiola identifies threat from ´intense´ Leverkusen|
|Reus gets green light for Dortmund return|
|Di Maria desperate to banish Manchester United memories|
|Wenger: China a major threat to the Premier League|
|Guardiola: I am like a woman, I can multi-task|
|Alex Teixeira: I wanted Premier League move|
|Adelaide United 2 Sydney FC 2: Cirio double not enough for hosts|
|Rosicky out for two to three months - Wenger|
|Wenger: Arsenal not obsessed with finishing ahead of Tottenham|
|Howe upbeat over Wilson, Gradel recoveries|
|Dani Alves opens up about Ronaldo feud|
|Ljajic wants permanent Inter move|
|Eriksson: Money too good to refuse in China|
|Alex Teixeira completes €50m Jiangsu Suning move|
|McClaren calls for help from injury-hit squad|
|Bilic: New stadium won´t make us world class|
|´Killer´ Aguero gives City edge - Hart|
|Michu: I would love Swansea return|
|Hodgson calls England squad meeting|
|MLS starts stadium site search for possible St. Louis expansion|
|Copa Libertadores Review: Santa Fe cruise in Bolivia|
|Ronaldinho: I would support Neymar if he wanted Madrid move|
|Real Betis confirm Damiao signing|
|Alves: I almost joined Madrid|
|Melbourne City sign Socceroo Wilkinson|
|I´d like to say: ´Yes we can´ - Ranieri channels Obama over title chances|
|New stadium means Spurs in ´very tough´ period - Pochettino|
|Rennes 0 Saint-Etienne 1: Sall good for Galtier´s men|
|Sevilla 4 Celta Vigo 0: Gameiro at the double after penalty failure|
|Shakhtar boss Lucescu: Teixeira set for China move|
|Depay could be the world´s best winger - Kanchelskis|
|United States v Canada: Klinsmann pursues dual goals|
|Tottenham v Watford: Title-chasing Spurs braced for Watford battle|
|Wilmots relaxed over De Bruyne´s Euro 2016 fitness|
|Atletico Madrid v Eibar: Gimenez confident of overcoming defensive headache|
|Filipe Luis has ban for Messi challenge reduced|
|Aston Villa v Norwich City: Garde and Neil demand victory in relegation scrap|
|Zidane adds former team-mate to backroom staff|
|Liverpool v Sunderland: Klopp demands smarter attack as injury comebacks continue|
|Caceres to undergo Achilles surgery|
|´They call me Blackenbauer´ - Monaco clarify Jemerson nickname|
|Hertha Berlin v Borussia Dortmund: Buoyant Brooks believes best is yet to come|
|Swansea City v Crystal Palace: ´Miserable´ Pardew wants end to dismal run|
|Neymar´s father claims Manchester United met buyout clause|
|Lazio punished following racist chants|
|Southampton v West Ham: Bilic wary of ´flying´ Austin|
|Bayer Leverkusen v Bayern Munich: Neuer ready for ´aggressive´ challenge|
|Wilshere: Difficult to stay positive|
|Stoke City v Everton: Imbula debut to boost depleted Potters|
|Manchester City v Leicester City: Ranieri aims to break the magic circle|
|Elber: Lewandowski should reject Real Madrid - and Higuain cannot replace him|
|Neuer denies Bayern rift amid Vidal paper row|
|Kane and Vardy as good as Aguero, says Pochettino|
|McArthur, Puncheon out for ´long period´|
|Patient Gotze plots ´clever´ comeback|
|Newcastle United v West Brom: McClaren demands reaction|
|Villa turn to former governor of the Bank of England|
|I´ll be taking my dog round to bite him - Shinnie plans unorthodox motivation|
|´Traumatic´ changeover hurt Benitez at Madrid - Capello|
|Alderweireld: No heroes at Tottenham|
|Suarez ´certain´ Neymar will stay at Barcelona|
|Barcelona cheers didn´t bother me - Cheryshev|
|Koulibaly lauds referee Irrati for halting Lazio-Napoli game|
|Forget Twitter and focus on football, Foster tells Berahino|
|Ibrahimovic hails PSG depth as champions make Ligue 1 history|
|Furious Canizares demands resignation and apology from Neville|
|Victory rule out Valeri for rest of season|
|Copa Libertadores Review: Puebla, Cesar Vallejo held at home|
|Forster quiet on Euro 2016 chances|
|Luis Enrique sympathises with Valencia plight|
|Afobe: I have nothing to prove against Arsenal|
|Mustafi apologises to Valencia fans for Camp Nou drubbing|
|Blanc demands more from PSG|
|Pioli: Racist fans just a minority|
|Serie A Review: Napoli win but Juve remain two points behind|
|Stuart Holden calls time on injury-marred career|
|Luis Enrique: Barcelona players should be celebrated|
|Suarez just happy to help the team after starring in Copa romp|
|We never doubted Icardi, says Inter´s sporting director|
|Watford boss Flores praises ´fighting´ Costa|
|Allegri delighted as disciplined Juventus prove title mettle|
|Under-fire Neville won´t resign after Camp Nou thrashing|
|McClaren: Newcastle new boys will take time to gel|
|Mihajlovic: Milan possession must have purpose|
|Hiddink accuses Watford players of provoking Costa|