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France held by Belarus in World Cup Qualifier

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Euro Cup finalists France have made a stuttering start to their 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign as they were held to a goalless draw by Belarus in Borisov.

Belarus started off on a strong note and played some solid football in the first half by not allowing the French players to penetrate their backline. They also moved to threaten Deschamps' team with some counter attacking football.

But from the start of the second half, the French persistently pushed forward. Still, Belarusian goalkeeper Andrei Gorbunov was very reliable and eliminated the attacks of the guests.

Now with a point in hand, France will focus their sights on moving towards the top of the Group A table as they meet Bulgaria on October 7 while Belarus are set to meet European superpower Netherlands in the next qualifying match.

The other games of the qualifying Group A saw Sweden draw the Netherlands 1-1, while Bulgaria edged out Luxembourg 4-3.