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France trying to focus on Georgia as Spain looms

France trying to focus on Georgia as Spain looms

Although France's players insist they only have Georgia on their minds for the World Cup qualifier on Friday, it is proving difficult not to think ahead to the critical match against Spain four days later.
Level on points with Spain at the top of Group I, France can take a big step toward automatic qualification for next year's tournament by winning both home matches.
That is praying on the minds of the players, with striker Olivier Giroud saying "it's a turning point, undoubtedly. If we're still ahead of Spain after these two matches, we will have cause for hope."
Friday's match pits low-scoring France against a resilient Georgia team with little attacking threat but which frustrated Spain until very late on in a 1-0 home loss last September.


Updated : 2021-05-17 05:48 GMT+08:00