Belgium win in Greece to secure World Cup spot


Belgium became the first European side to join hosts Russian Federation at the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ after a 2-1 victory away to Greece on Sunday ensured the Red Devils will finish top of UEFA Group H, and with it, claim the automatic qualification spot.

Roberto Martinez's men would have been all-but qualified for Russian Federation with a draw, but goals from Jan Vertonghen and Romelu Lukaku rubber-stamped their progression - making them the first European team to book their spot at the tournament.

Romelu Lukaku celebrates a goal during Belgium's 2-1 World Cup qualifier win over Greece in Athens.

They join Brazil, Mexico, Iran, Japan and hosts Russian Federation already through to next year's finals.

Arjen Robben netted the Dutch's other goal as they moved into third place on 13 points, one ahead of Bulgaria, but an Emil Forsberg-inspired Sweden helped his country match France on 16 points having played a game more, keeping the Netherlands at arm's length.

It could have been worse for Les Bleus, though, as Luxembourg substitute Gerson Rodrigues outpaced Laurent Koscielny in the 79th minute before seeing his shot strike an upright.

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"Thursday's result was important but so was getting three points today, so we'll need to fight to the end", Deschamps told TF1.

Portugal ensured they can not finish lower than second in Group B after they ground out a 1-0 win over 10-man Hungary.

Davy Propper scored a brace as Netherlands kept alive their hopes of qualifying with a 3-1 victory over Bulgaria.

Former Watford forward Tamas Priskin was sent off after half an hour for an elbow on Pepe but it was only Andre Silva's header from Cristiano Ronaldo's cross that sealed all three points.

Switzerland maintained their three-point advantage over European champions Portugal after both claimed wins on Sunday. The win took Croatia back above Ukraine to the top of the table.