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Dream draw for France, nightmare for England - The winners and losers of the World Cup draw

France coach Didier Deschamps's contract with the national team has been extended to 2016 after les Bleus wrapped up a spot at the 2014 World Cup.

The new deal comes after a stunning 3-0 win over Ukraine on Tuesday saw France overcome a 2-0 first-leg defeat to win 3-2 on aggregate and seal its berth in Brazil. Deschamps hailed his team’s fighting spirit under pressure, insisting that it is capable of “great things” with the World Cup now firmly on France’s horizon.

"This is the magic of football," he said to TF1. "Four days ago, we were in a bad position but the players were fantastic tonight. I didn't have doubts, and we played a huge match and this qualification is very important for French football.

“It's a bit of a tradition that when French teams have their backs against the wall they perform and we had a lot of heart and determination. Now [that] we've qualified, we're capable of some great things."

Mamadou Sakho opened the scoring at Stade de France in the 22nd minute, before Karim Benzema doubled France's lead just before halftime. And Oleh Husyev's own goal, with 18 minutes remaining, completed a stunning comeback.

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