Nov 15, 2013 at 7.45pm UK
Ukraine
2-0
France
Zozulya (61'), Yarmolenko (83' pen.)
Shevchuk (36'), Fedetskyy (70'), Kucher (90')
Kucher (90')
FT(HT: 0-0)

Giroud (45'), Sissoko (76')
Koscielny (90')

Rio Mavuba: 'Ukraine playoff biggest of Didier Deschamps France reign'

Lille's Rio Mavuba in action against Montpellier on October 19, 2013
© AFP
Rio Mavuba says that France's recovery period will help them for their World Cup qualifying playoff against Ukraine.

Rio Mavuba has no doubts that France's upcoming World Cup qualifying playoff matches with Ukraine are the biggest of Didier Deschamps's reign in charge.

Les Bleus, having finished second behind winners Spain in Group I, will battle the Ukrainians in a two-legged tie for the chance to progress to next summer's finals in Brazil.

Deschamps has told his players to relax ahead of the first game on Friday in Kiev, and Mavuba feels that the quality time that France are spending together is only helping the team's preparations.

"The simple fact of being together, without distractions from the outside, can create that extra something," Mavuba told the media. "These are the most important matches we've faced in the Deschamps era."

Deschamps took charge of France after the conclusion of Euro 2012.

Antoine Griezmann of Real Sociedad celebrates after scoring the first goal during the La Liga match between Valencia CF and Real Sociedad at Estadio Mestalla on October 19, 2013
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