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France closing in on World Cup finals spot

France have little room for error Bulgaria vs France UEFA World Cup Qualifiers – Watch Live Online, TV Schedule October 7, 2017
Dexter Carr | 10 October, 2017, 00:32

This was the last world qualification to a home audience for the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation.

Euro 2016 runners-up France are nearly certain to be playing the next edition in Russian Federation.

This Saturday, October 7, 2017 (11:45 AM Pacific) Bulgaria will host France at the Vasil Levski National Stadium for a match in the UEFA 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

France therefore went into half-time leading 1-0 and on course to end the night at the top of Group A.

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. France goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris was forced to make a point-blank save off a powerful shot by Georgi Kostadinov.

Dutch fans were waiting anxiously for their team to win at Barysaw. They have managed to win four times in qualifying with an aggressive approach.

The best eight second-placed teams go through a two-legged playoff.

Netherlands needed a late penalty to escape Belarus with a 3-1 win, though their hopes of reaching a playoff spot are practically nil after Sweden's big win. The post-match celebrations were cut short as the job was half done.

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Dick Advocaat's side will host Sweden in Amsterdam with the visitors' goal difference now some 12 better after their resounding victory over Luxembourg.

Meanwhile, Portugal struggled against Andorra at the Estadio Nacional in Andorra La Vella.

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.

Brighton midfielder Davy Propper put the Oranje ahead against Belarus on 24 minutes, but defender Maksim Valadzko levelled 10 minutes into the second half.

"There is a second match on Tuesday in front of our supporters".

Group B leaders Switzerland, meanwhile, moved a step closer to Russian Federation after a 5-2 win over Hungary in Basel made it nine straight qualification wins. The Swiss team now has nine wins out of nine games.

In Group H, Greece moved into second place with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory in Cyprus after Bosnia and Herzegovinahad suffered a stunning 4-3 home defeat by already-qualified Belgium.

Bulgaria is now fourth in Group A with 12 points, four points back of second-place Sweden and five points back of first-place France.

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