France on brink of 2018 World Cup

France have little room for error

Bulgaria vs France UEFA World Cup Qualifiers – Watch Live Online, TV Schedule October 7, 2017

But a month later Emil Kostadinov scored a last minute victor at the Parc des Princes to give Bulgaria a 2-1 win and send them, just one point ahead of France, to the World Cup.

It took Les Beus just over two minutes to take the lead, as a lovely attack via Antoine Griezmann ended up with Matuidi blasting home from a tight angle.

Sweden had applied the pressure with an 8-0 thumping of Luxembourg, who held France to a goalless draw in their last outing, earlier in the day. 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.

Michael Skibbe's side are nearly certain to finish second as they host pointless Gibraltar in their last game on Tuesday, although they could still miss out on the play-offs as the worst second-placed team. Sweden now has a 12 goal advantage over Dick Advocaat's men.

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Talk in the build-up to this game had centred on a match 24 years ago when Bulgaria had denied France a place at the 1994 World Cup in the United States.

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

The European champion 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.

Zuber then added his second and Switzerland's fourth from 20 yards out early in the second half, and though Hungary were able to get a goal back through Richard Guzmics, Stephan Lichtsteiner made it 5-1 with seven minutes to play before Roland Ugrai added a late second for the visitors.

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David Propper gave the Netherlands a 1-0 lead in the 25the minute, a lead that was tied up early in the second half when Maksin Volodko drove the ball past the Netherlands' goalkeeper. Now we need a win on Tuesday night [against Belarus].

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.

Portugal is now second in their qualifying group behind leaders Switzerland. The Swiss team now has nine wins out of nine games.

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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