France’s Florent Malouda frustrated with Belarus draw

Chelsea star admits that they did not play as well as they should have against their opponents and urges his team to give their all to qualify for the Euro 2012 finals with ease

France international winger Florent Malouda has expressed his disappointment at his side’s 1-1 draw with Belarus on Friday evening.

Belarus took the lead after just 20 minutes in the two sides’ Euro 2012 Group D qualifier, thanks to an Eric Abidal own goal. But Malouda equalised just two minutes later.

However, Laurent Blanc’s side failed to find the target thereafter and the game trickled to a draw, leaving the Chelsea star frustrated.

"We did not play well,” said the 30-year-old, according to PA. “We started the game badly and, even though we reacted well after that, the result was not what we were looking for when we came here.

“They were comfortable, they controlled the game and did not let us settle. It was better in the second-half, we put our passes together better, but clearly it was not enough."

France, though, remain in pole position in the group with 13 points from six matches, four more than second-placed Belarus. But Malouda wants Les Bleus to secure a berth in the Euro 2012 finals as soon as possible.

"We are happy that we are top of the group," he said. "Since our defeat in the previous game [against Belarus] we have been on a good run, we have picked up points and put together wins.

“We cannot go to sleep, we must keep pushing for points to qualify as quickly as possible."

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