Wedensday, 20th November, 2013

France coach Didier Deschamps is continuing to reap the rewards of last night's historic win, with a contract extension until 2016, according to L'Equipe.

France pulled off a superb comeback from their 2-0 first-leg defeat in the Ukraine, as Mamadou Sakho's two goals cleared the way for a 3-0 win on the night to book a place in next year's World Cup.


Deschamps was poised to see his contract out in 2014, with many predicting an exit in case of non-qualification, but the French Football Federation will meet with the coach today on his renewal.

Deschamps will also be expected to receive a salary hike, adding to the list of enhancements that FFF president Noel Le Graet is believed to be lining up.


Following the game, which saw Karim Benzema both denied and awarded a goal from wrong offside calls, Deschamps hailed the players, insisting Les Blues had scripted history.

"This is something fabulous especially after the first leg with the result against us", Deschamps told the FFF website. "The credit goes to the players tonight.

"I live through them but this is their story. I have huge pride in what they did. Those who did not start have also played their part. It is a collective victory.

"I cannot hide that it is a great satisfaction. But I was a player and it's the players that write history."

Franck Ribery, who was an instrumental figure throughout the game, was confident France had learned their lessons on complacency from their first-leg defeat in Kyiv.

"In Ukraine, we perhaps took them a little lightly", he said. "[But tonight] we were aggressive, we were patient and we played our football. This is a game we will never forget."

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