France on brink of World Cup

Oct 09, 2017, 00:37
France on brink of World Cup

In the second half, Michy Batshuayi equalised before Jan Vertonghen put Belgium in front.

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.

Greece are in second place, two points clear of Bosnia-Herzegovina. Literally a goal from the dressing room led to the first defeat of the team led by Petar Hubchev before the Bulgarian fans, which is the first of more than two years for the "tricolors" who had five consecutive wins, four of them in these qualifiers.

Mbappe has shone for Paris Saint Germain since completing his switch from Monaco
Mbappe has shone for Paris Saint Germain since completing his switch from Monaco

The other early kickoff in that group saw qualifying rookies Gibraltar suffer yet another thrashing, loosing 6-0 at home to Estonia.

FRANCE is one win away from reaching the World Cup finals in Russian Federation next year after a 1-0 win in Bulgaria.

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.

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That result meant that France went into their match with Bulgaria two points behind the Swedes at the top of the Group.

France lost N'Golo Kante to a hamstring problem in the latter stages of the first period as Adrien Rabiot entered the field, and Bulgaria should have been level in the 36th minute when Hugo Lloris made a meal of a strike from Simeon Slavchev, but the Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper somehow kept out a close-range header from Georgi Kostadinov.

However, with Portugal's only loss having been away to the Swiss, Ronaldo and co have an opportunity to top the group if they can win the crunch clash between the pair in Lisbon on Tuesday.

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Michael Skibbe's side are nearly certain to finish second as they host pointless Gibraltar in their last game on Tuesday, although they could still miss out on the play-offs as the worst second-placed team.

Trailing the Scandinavians by three points, only a massive victory over Sweden in Amsterdam next week will save the three-time World Cup runners-up.

"Thank God that he scored", said Portugal coach Fernando Santos.

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Over in Group B, Portugal were toiling in Andorra, 0-0 at half-time.

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