Sep 10, 2013 at 8pm UK
Belarus
2-4
France
Filipenko (32'), Kalachev (57')
Filipenko (34'), Hleb (79')
FT(HT: 1-0)
Ribery (47', 64'), Nasri (70'), Pogba (74')
Clichy (43'), Matuidi (46')

Franck Ribery: 'I'm not France's saviour'

Franck Ribery plays down his influence in France's win over Belarus on Tuesday.

France winger Franck Ribery has played down the tag of being his country's saviour despite scoring twice in their victory over Belarus on Tuesday.

Les Bleus, who had gone over 500 minutes without scoring a goal, came from behind to earn a 4-2 triumph over the Belarusians in their World Cup qualifying clash.

However, Ribery, who has been struggling with a gluteal injury in recent days, insists that he was merely in the right place at the right time.

"I'm not the saviour," Ribery told reporters. "I scored at the right time, when France needed me to score. We're happy to have put in a great second half.

"We had not scored for a while and we were strong mentally. After going 2-1 behind we were fortunate enough to equalise quickly.

"Some other players might not have given it a go with the injury I was carrying but I like to contribute what I can. The physio did a great job and I knew from the eve of the game that it would be okay."

Samir Nasri and Paul Pogba netted the final two goals for France.

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France's Franck Ribery is congratulated by team mate Olivier Giroud after scoring the opening goal against Belarus during their World Cup qualifier on September 10, 2013
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