Soccer-France guaranteed a playoff spot with Belarus win (Reuters)

PARIS, Sept 10 (Reuters) – France secured at least a World Cup playoff spot when they came from behind to beat Belarus 4-2 away in a qualifying match on Tuesday. Franck Ribery cancelled out Egor Filipenko and Timofei Kalachev’s goals with two second-half strikes before substitute Samir Nasri and Paul Pogba found the back of the net. France are level with Group I leaders Spain on 14 points but the world champions are likely to finish top as they have a game in hand and a superior goal difference. Third placed Finland are out of the running as they have nine points with one game left. …

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