Franck Ribery netted a brace Tuesday night as France recorded their first win in six matches as they drew level with Spain at the top of Group I, albeit having played a game more than the world champions, reports Xinhua.
France goalkeeper Hugo Lloris saw Egor Filipenko head Belarus in front on 32 minutes before Ribery responded with a penalty just after half-time.
After Lloris allowed the hosts to move back in front through Timofei Kalachev, a second Ribery strike plus goals from Samir Nasri and Paul Pogba steered France to a much-needed victory.
France have 14 points from seven matches, level with Spain, who were not in qualifying action Tuesday, as Les Bleus guaranteed themselves second-place in the group and a potential play-off berth.
In the next round of the group, France will play Finland and Belarus will meet Spain.
--IANS (Posted on 11-09-2013)