Goal from the Locker Room Stopped Bulgaria Against France

Goal from the Locker Room Stopped Bulgaria Against France

The battle to secure a place at the 2018 World Cup continues in Europe Saturday, with France and Portugal looking to boost their chances.

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

Les Bleus took an early lead through Blaise Matuidi and controlled the pace the rest of the way, as the match turned into a drab affair.

They won the reverse fixture 4-1 in October, but Bulgaria have triumphed in all four World Cup Qualifiers they have played at home in the group and still have a chance of qualifying for the World Cup as they trail France by five points.

France is the favorite to finish top of this Group A, now leading the group with 17 points.

The hapless Laifis gave the ball away near the edge of the penalty area and it was quickly slipped to Kostas Mitroglou who fired the equaliser.

With the crucial game against Switzerland in three days' time, Portugal coach Fernando Santos opted to start with Ronaldo on the bench but was forced to bring him on at half-time after they failed to break through.

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Laurent Blanc has heaped extra pressure on the France squad by telling them that they "must" qualify for the World Cup and then challenge to win it.

France are assured of at least a playoff place, with the best eight second-placed teams going through to the two-legged playoffs. The post-match celebrations were cut short as the job was half done. Sweden now has a 12 goal advantage over Dick Advocaat's men.

Despite Holland's victory at the Borisov Arena, the Dutch look set to miss out on another major tournament given their inferior goal difference. A victory means the World Cup, which is something fabulous.

Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris had little to do until the 37th minute when he was called into action twice in a matter of seconds.

The hosts took the lead within 10 minutes as Ola Toivonen was fouled in the box by Christopher Martins Pereira and Andreas Granqvist stepped up to slot home. Now we need a win on Tuesday night [against Belarus].

The European champions will now go head-to-head with group leaders Switzerland in a winner-takes-all in Lisbon on Tuesday.

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.

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