Valbuena expresses happiness at France victory

The Marseille star insisted that his side must continue on the same path despite rivals' Spain stumbling against Finland, on a night where the 28-year-old stole the show
France winger Mathieu Valbuena has expressed his happiness at Les Bleus' 3-1 win over Georgia on Friday evening, which saw them leapfrog Spain to the summit of Group I.

The Olympique de Marseille star was in imperious form, notching two assists for Olivier Giroud and Franck Ribery, either side of a fabulous dipping strike just after the second half to hand Didier Deschamps' side the victory.

The 28-year-old, who picked up his 20th cap on Friday, hailed his side's performance against "a tough opponent".

"[I am] happy and satisfied. We really wanted to win against a tough opponent. Therefore, I consider it very good for me." Valbuena told TF1.

The winger also commented on next week's opponents Spain, who were surprisingly held to a 1-1 draw against Finland, allowing Deschamps' men to head into Tuesday's much-anticipated clash in pole position.

He continued: "This is an outcome that is good for us, but we must continue. Hopefully, they [Spain] will show up to the match, and all of the fans will be behind us."

Tuesday's fixture at the Stade de France between France and Spain kicks off at 21:00 CET.