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France under pressure to beat Bosnia-Herzegovina

sports Updated: Sep 06, 2010 14:08 IST

France coach Laurent Blanc knows his new-look team has no room for error at Bosnia-Herzegovina in Tuesday's 2012 European Championship qualifier, where a second straight defeat would put the French in an perilous position.

France slipped to an embarrassing 1-0 home loss to Belarus on Friday in a dour match. It was Blanc's first official match in charge following France's humiliating World Cup campaign under previous coach Raymond Domenech.

Blanc feels that France let the fans down because "the whole of French football needed a win" and says that "we have to pick ourselves up" in Sarajevo.

France, which has lost its last four games overall and won one of the last nine, is without three strikers after a spate of injuries.