France on brink of World Cup, Dutch hopes all but over

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Bulgaria more than held their own in Sofia, though, as they looked to repeat the famous win over France that sent them to the 1994 World Cup, and Hugo Lloris was forced into a point-blank save to deny Georgi Kostadinov.

It took less than three minutes for France to take the lead as Lucas Digne's low cross found Antoine Griezmann, who laid the ball off for Blaise Matuidi to score from a tight angle.

But it now faces a near impossible task, as Sweden thrashed Luxembourg 8-0 earlier on October 7, with forward Marcus Berg scoring four goals, to extend their advantage over Dick Advocaat's men on goal difference to 12.

Chelsea were left sweating on Saturday night after midfielder N'Golo Kante tweaked a hamstring playing for France against Bulgaria.

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But France saw out the three points to maintain their one-point lead over Sweden, and Les Bleus can seal their qualification to Russian Federation by beating Belarus at home on Tuesday.

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.

Kylian Mbappe was next to come close for the visitors after breaking into the Bulgaria box, but the 18-year-old could not find a route past Plamen Iliev, who was on hand to make a smart save.

Iceland scored another goal in the 49th minute from a corner kick to secure a 3-0 lead. On Saturday they travel to Bosnia-Herzegovina, who are second in the group and looking to improve their chances of qualifying for the play-offs as one of the best eight teams.

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

"The essential thing (winning) is there, that's what matters, but we should be able to do better". In the previous head to head record between these two teams, France won the game. But after a goalless first half Ronaldo was brought on to inevitably rescue the situation, opening the scoring after 63 minutes before Andre Silva added a late second.

Greece could also finish second in the group as they trail Bosnia-Herzegovina by a point ahead of their trip to Cyprus.

Switzerland top the group by three points ahead of Portugal, with the two sides meeting in a potential winner-takes-all match in Lisbon on Tuesday.

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