Tuesday, September 6, 2016

Belarus vs France - Competition: WC Qualification Europe 

Belarus team failed to qualify in the just concluded Euro 2016, they finished 4th behind Spain, Slovakia and Ukraine. With France, Sweden and Netherlands drawn in the same group, they have a mountain to climb. Their friendlies since qualification have been promising, with draws against Armenia and Montenegro, a disappointing defeat to Northern Ireland, and then a 2-1 win at R. Ireland in the build up to Euro 2016 and a 1-0 win at Norway last Wednesday.
The main man for Belarus is undoubtedly striker Sergei Korinlenko – the former Blackpool man has scored 17 goals in 72 games for his country. Anyway, with their star man Hleb retired, youngster Nikita Korzun is seen as his successor in the team.
France team look to come back from the disappointment of losing in the Euro 2016 final on home soil. They deservedly beat Italy 3-1 away from home few days ago thanks to goals form Anthony Martial, Olivier Giroud and Layvin Kurzawa. That was Les Blues' 10th victory in their last 12 games, with the only defeat coming at the Euro 2016 final in extra time to Portugal.
Patrice Evra has been dropped by Didier Deschamps, while Raphael Varane has been recalled as he is 100% fit now. There shouldn’t be too many changes from the clash in Bari against Italy with Paul Pogba, N’Golo Kàante and Blaise Matuidi all expected to start along with forwards Olivier Giroud, Antoine Griezmann and Anthony Martial.  The injured Hugo Lloris will be replaced by Steve Mandanda between the sticks.

Date: 06 September 2016
Kick-off Time: 19:45 BST
Venue: Borisov Arena
You can watch the match here: Link 1 , Link 2 [Live Scores]


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