France closing in on World Cup finals spot

Lucy Bush
October 9, 2017

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.

Meanwhile on Saturday, the Netherlands also remained in the running for a place in the 2018 World Cub with a 3-1 victory over Belarus, though their prospects look much more daunting.

"There is a lot of satisfaction, but it is only one step", he said. Didier Deschamps' side is not guaranteed a spot in the next World Cup just yet and must prevent another blunder in this game to try and secure a ticket to Russian Federation.

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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The Dutch side defeated Belarus 3-1 away from home in Group A despite it looking at one point as if they would drop points, a fantastic free kick in the dying minutes from Memphis Depay sealing the win.

Didier Deschamps admits his side lacked aggression as they laboured to an uninspired 1-0 win over Bulgaria in Sofia.

Portugal go into that game with Switzerland three points behind their rivals but with a much better goal difference meaning the victor will be guaranteed a place in Russian Federation nest summer.

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.

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In the World Cup Qualifying UEFA, the team France and Bulgaria face against each other today. Presumably wanting to rest their talisman, coach Fernando Santos started with Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench. When you have good players, it's normal that to expect us to make the difference. There is only one game left, and that depends only on us.

Belgium maintained their unbeaten World Cup qualifying record as they came from behind to beat Bosnia 4-3 at the Stadion Grbavica.

The only goal was Bleise Matuidi in the third minute.

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.

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