France’s 3-1 win over Georgia at the Stade de France on Friday night was a massive result given the world and European champions’ draw with Finland.
The result sets up Tuesday’s clash with the Spaniards as a key encounter and puts Les Bleus in pole position in Group I.
Marseille’s Mathieu Valbuena was in inspired form for Didier Deschamps’ side with a goal and an assist as well as a hand in the third goal. Olivier Giroud and Franck Ribery also found the net.
Hugo Lloris was also in fine form as France weathered a difficult early period, but eventually their superior quality told.
The hosts were wasteful in front of goal having opted for a 4-4-2 formation, but they created plenty of chances.
The coming Tuesday night clash with Spain now takes on added significance for the French.
Here are six things we learned from the victory over Georgia.