France edge win in ‘scrappy’ game

Yorkshire Post - Sports Monday - - FOOTBALL -

WORLD CUP: France coach Di­dier Deschamps said his side must do bet­ter af­ter they edged closer to qual­i­fi­ca­tion with a 1-0 win over Bul­garia in Sofia.

Blaise Ma­tu­idi’s early goal was enough to send France back to the top of Group A and keep their Rus­sia 2018 hopes in their own hands.

But Deschamps ad­mit­ted his side’s per­for­mance had been “la­bo­ri­ous” at times and said they needed to be more clin­i­cal against Be­larus to­morow in Paris to fin­ish the job.

“We started very well in the first half by scor­ing early and hav­ing the op­por­tu­nity to get a sec­ond goal,” Deschamps said.

“The sec­ond half was more la­bo­ri­ous. It was a fight, and it is true that we must be able to do bet­ter, to keep the ball. Bul­garia were very ag­gres­sive. We re­sponded in the fight, but it was a scrappy game.”

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