By Anthony Marshall - Newcastle United Managing Editor
Newcastle United's French contingent will face a two-legged play-off in their bid to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
Les Bleus were 3-0 winners over Finland at the Stade de France, in Paris, on Tuesday night, but they had to settle for the runners-up spot in Group I following Spain's victory against Georgia.
United full-back Mathieu Debuchy started for France and played the full 90 minutes, picking up a booking early in the second half but also providing an assist when his right-wing cross was headed into his own net by Joona Toivio.
Fellow Magpie Moussa Sissoko was an unused substitute.
In under-21 action, Haris Vuckic played the full match for Slovenia, who triumphed 2-1 over Bulgaria.