Deschamps sets sights on Dutch test

10 June 2017 09:17:01 EST

Coach Didier Deschamps claims France's World Cup qualifier against the Netherlands on 31st August is now even more important after Friday's 2-1 defeat in Sweden.

Les Bleues looked on course for a point at the Friends Arena in Stockholm after Olivier Giroud's spectacular opener was cancelled out by Sweden's Jimmy Durmaz just before the half-time interval.

But with the game deep into stoppage time, a miscued clearance from France captain Hugo Lloris landed at the feet of Ola Toivonen who punished the stranded goalkeeper with a wonderful finish from the halfway line to snatch the three points for the hosts.

The match against Netherlands at Stade de France on 31st August was always going to be important. Now it will be even more so.

Didier Deschamps

The result moves the Swedes ahead of France on goal difference at the top of Group A, while the Netherlands moved to within three points of them courtesy of a 5-0 win against Luxembourg.

Deschamps refused to condemn Lloris afterwards, although he described the defeat as "catastrophic" given that he felt a draw was the least that they should have come away with.

And with the group now wide open, he insists the game against the Dutch in Paris later in the summer now holds added significance.

Deschamps said: "A draw would not have been ideal but it was a good point. We could have kept Sweden behind us, but that is no longer the case. I would have preferred a different outcome, a positive one, that would have allowed us to stay in first place.

"We still have four games - 12 points to play for - and we are going to have to battle hard to reach our goal.

"The match against Netherlands at Stade de France on 31st August was always going to be important. Now it will be even more so."

France are 1/2 to win Group A, while Sweden are 2/1 and the Netherlands are priced at 9/1.

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