France's scoreless run was extended to five games as Georgia dented its hopes of beating Spain to top spot in 2014 FIFA World Cup qualifying Group I in a goalless draw.
It stepped up a gear after that but could not find a way past home goalkeeper
Goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris had warned his colleagues at the other end of the field that 'that will have to change if we want to win games', but another stalemate ensued in
Deschamps opted to partner Arsenal's in-form hitman
Neither team had a sight of goal in the opening 10 minutes and when
Okriashvili forced Lloris into the first save of the night after
Loria parried another effort from the Real Madrid man and
And things so nearly got worse for Les Bleus just four minutes into the second period when Okriashvili drew a sharp save from Lloris and fired a follow-up effort against a post.
Lloris then fielded
It was his last contribution before being replaced by recalled Marseille striker Gignac, who soon also failed to steer a Sagna cross on target.
Giroud's header was saved and both he and fullback
Loria parried Ribery's shot and then saved from Valbuena, and Koscielny headed wide.
The pressure continued to mount on Georgia's goal and Loria was booked for time-wasting before producing the decisive contribution at the last for Temuri Ketsbaia's underdog.
First Giroud's header was tipped around the post and, from the resulting corner, Loria produced more heroics to deny Sagna and ensure
The result, coupled with