Deschamps - France qualification never in doubt

After recording a 3-2 victory on aggregate, French manager Didier Deschamps says he never doubted his side.

France legend and head coach Didier Deschamps has said that he had no doubts as to whether or not his team would qualify for the World Cup despite having to overturn a two-goal deficit against Ukraine thanks to their defeat in the first leg of their playoff.

Les Blues emerged triumphant at Stade de France last night, recording a 3-0 victory to avenge Friday's 2-0 defeat in the first leg in Kiev.

Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho got the ball rolling before Karim Benzema and an own goal from Oleg Gusev sealed the win and ultimately qualification but Deschamps was never in doubt that he could guide the 1998 World Cup winners and 2006 runners-up would progress 3-2 on aggregate.

Speaking to French television after the game, the 45-year-old former captain said: "I didn't have doubts but we played a huge match and this qualification is very important for French football.

"It's a bit of a tradition that when French teams have their backs against the wall, they perform and we had a lot of heart and determination today.

"Now we've qualified, we're capable of some great things."

Deschamps' men will be joined in Brazil next June by the other European qualifiers Portugal, Croatia and Greece who all recorded victories at the expense of Sweden, Iceland and Romania.

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