World Cup qualifying wrap 07 October 2017


Obviously, it will not be available for Tuesday but given the very short time, we will be with the same group, " explained Deschamps, who was interviewed on Téléfoot in the aftermath of the victory in Bulgaria (1-0), in the playoffs of the World-2018.

"We're still first - that's important - we've got one match left and (qualification) remains in our hands, so we have to win on Tuesday".

"It was a hard match with lots of mistakes, commitment", said coach Deschamps.

Meanwhile, in the same group Arjen Robben scored one goal and set up another as the Netherlands kept alive their slender hopes of reaching the finals with a 3-1 victory over Belarus.

The Netherlands are looking to avoid failing to qualify for successive major tournaments for the first time since 1986, having also missed out on Euro 2016.

France will qualify for the finals with a home win against Belarus tomorrow morning (AEST).

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The early kick off in Group A saw Sweden keep the pressure up on group leaders France with an 8-0 thrashing of Luxembourg, with Marcus Berg scoring four and captain Andreas Granqvist netting twice from the penalty spot. Presumably wanting to rest their talisman, coach Fernando Santos started with Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench.

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. "When you have good players, it's normal to expect us to make a difference". In the last five matches, Bulgaria has won two matches, lost two matches whereas the team France has won three games, lost one match and the other game ended in a draw.

Switzerland lead Portugal by three points but have an inferior goal difference.

Bosnia's hopes of qualifying for the World Cup, meanwhile, suffered a blow after the squad lost at home 4-3 against Belgium, which has already secured a berth in Russian Federation.

The only goal was Bleise Matuidi in the third minute.