France on brink of 2018 World Cup

France have little room for error

Bulgaria more than held its own in Sofia, though, as it looked to repeat the famous win over France that sent them to the 1994 World Cup, and Hugo Lloris was forced into a point-blank save to deny Georgi Kostadinov.

France took the lead inside the opening three minutes, with Blaise Matuidi finding the top corner from an acute angle after Antoine Griezmann's deft touch set up a shooting chance for the Juventus midfielder.

But it now faces a near impossible task, as Sweden thrashed Luxembourg 8-0 earlier on October 7, with forward Marcus Berg scoring four goals, to extend their advantage over Dick Advocaat's men on goal difference to 12.

France lost N'Golo Kante do an apparent hamstring injury in the 33rd minute, and Hungary almost equalised a few minutes later, only for Hugo Lloris to make a tremendous diving save to deny Georgi Kostadinov.

The three points propels them back to the summit of Group A and they go into Tuesday's game against Belarus knowing a win will guarantee automatic qualification for the World Cup in Russian Federation next year.

The hosts took the lead within 10 minutes as Ola Toivonen was fouled in the box by Christopher Martins Pereira and Andreas Granqvist stepped up to slot home. However, the latter have the superior goal difference and they may add to that against a side who have lost all of their nine game so far.

'They have a quality to play through rapid counter-attacks.

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"Cristiano Ronaldo was decisive for us in this match, but that's why he's the best player in the world". The game was however turned on its head for a second time after the break, with goals from Michy Batshuayi and Jan Vertonghen putting Belgium 3-2 up.

France are assured of at least a playoff place, with the best eight second-placed teams going through to the two-legged playoffs.

Zuber came on in the second half with his second goal to make it 4-0 at the 49th minute, Guzmics put Hungary on the scoreboard at the 59th minute, the Netherlands' Lichtsteiner came back for the Dutch at the 83rd minute, and Ugrai made it 5-2 for the final score of Switzerland's win.

Greece are in second place, two points clear of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

"We did not have a great second period, and they were more aggressive".

The other game in the group sees Gibraltar, who are without a point, host Estonia.

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