France in play-offs
PARIS. — It has been a rough year for France but things finally seem to be clicking as “Les Bleus” gear up for a play-off to reach the 2014 World Cup soccer finals in Brazil. France ended their Group I qualifying campaign with a 3-0 win over Finland on Tuesday. Les Bleus finished in second place behind world and European champions Spain.
The French, who had not scored in five games before beating Belarus 4-2 in September then thrashing Australia 6-0 in a friendly on Friday, are unlikely to be seeded when the draw is made in Zurich on Monday.
That could leave them with a tricky tie against the likes of Portugal, Greece, Croatia or Ukraine in the playoffs scheduled for November 15 and 19.
However, midfielder Samir Nasri told reporters the other teams would be keen to avoid Les Bleus.
“I don’t think any team will be happy to draw France,” he said. — Soccernet.