23 Mar 2013

France leapfrogs Spain as World Cup holders draw

12:56 pm on 23 March 2013

France has beaten Georgia 3-1 to leapfrog Spain at the top of their football World Cup qualifying group, ahead of next week's clash between the two heavyweights at Stade de France.

France were clinical rather than impressive in Paris, and one of the biggest roars of the evening came when the stadium announcer confirmed world champions Spain had been held 1-1 by Finland.

Denmark stunned the Czech Republic 3-0 to secure their first victory and resurrect their qualifying hopes.