France close to qualifying for 2018 World Cup after win over Bulgaria
- Author: Megan Austin Oct 09, 2017,
Oct 09, 2017, 0:36
In Group H, Greece moved into second place with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory in Cyprus after Bosnia and Herzegovina had suffered a stunning 4-3 home defeat by already-qualified Belgium.
Dario Dumic's header eight minutes from time looked to have given Bosnia a precious point, but minutes later Yannick Ferreira Carrasco netted from a tight angle to secure the win for Belgium.
The pressure was on after Sweden had earlier swept past Luxembourg 8-0 to boost their hopes of making it to Russian Federation, which in turn all but eliminated Holland, who later won 3-1 in Belarus.
Chelsea were left sweating on Saturday night after midfielder N'Golo Kante tweaked a hamstring playing for France against Bulgaria.
France will qualify for the finals with a home win against Belarus tomorrow morning (AEST).
The Netherlands grabbed a 3-1 win over Belarus at the Borisov Arena thanks to two late goals.
Champions League: CSKA Moscow-Man Utd
United have great memories of Moscow after they won their third Champions League title here in 2008 against Chelsea in a penalty shootout.
France top the standings, but still have a long way to go, as the top four teams in the group have a shot at qualification.
In Group H, Switzerland and Portugal set up a victor takes all meeting in Lisbon on Tuesday after both emerged victorious from their penultimate matches.
Davy Pröpper opened the scoring for the Netherlands in the 24th minute.
Sweden have a vastly superior goal difference, and the Netherlands' - runners-up three times -participation in Russian Federation looks highly unlikely.
The European champions had to wait until the 63rd minute for Ronaldo to break the deadlock on the artificial pitch, before Andre Silva finally put their nerves to bed. Presumably wanting to rest their talisman, coach Fernando Santos started with Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench.
Over in Group B, Portugal were toiling in Andorra, 0-0 at half-time.