Bayern Munich and France midfielder Franck Ribery says he is "not the saviour" - despite scoring twice in France's 4-2 win in Belarus last night.
Didier Deschamps' side had failed to register in five matches before the crucial qualifier in Minsk, but a brace from Ribery, who equalised twice, as well as goals from Samir Nasri and Paul Pogba gave his side three vital points.
The result guarantees at least a play-off position for the French team as they sit five points clear of nearest challengers Finland, although they will still be hoping to pip Group G rivals Spain to top spot.
After the match, the Bayern winger took most of the plaudits, but he told reporters: "I'm not the saviour. I scored at the right time when France needed me to score.
"We'd not scored for a while and we were strong mentally. After going 2-1 behind we were fortunate enough to equalise quickly."
The 30-year old was a major doubt for the encounter in Minsk with a buttock injury, and he praised the efforts of the physio who managed to get him fit in time to play.
He said: "Some other players might not haven it a go with the injury I was carrying but I like to contribute what I can.
"The physio did a great job and I knew from the eve of the game that I would be okay."
His manager Deschamps heralded Ribery's contribution, simply adding: "We've got a great player in Franck Ribery and he confirmed it here."
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