France on brink of World Cup

Frederick Owens
October 9, 2017

Deschamps will also change the tactical or turn the membership against Belarus? 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.

"There is a lot of satisfaction, but it is only one step", he said.

The Dutch side defeated Belarus 3-1 away from home in Group A despite it looking at one point as if they would drop points, a fantastic free kick in the dying minutes from Memphis Depay sealing the win.

After beating Hungary secured nine wins from nine, you'd forgive Switzerland for thinking they deserved to have wrapped up top-spot in the group. 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.

Portugal may yet top their World Cup qualifying group, whilst Holland's chances of going to Russian Federation next year are all but over after another day of World Cup qualifying action. Presumably wanting to rest their talisman, coach Fernando Santos started with Cristiano Ronaldo on the bench. The Lions have only won one out of their last three games, most recently coming off a 3-1 defeat against the Netherlands.

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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.

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.

FC Copenhagen striker Pieros Sotiriou put Cyprus ahead early on as they looked for a win to maintain hopes of a play-off place, but two goals in three first-half minutes from Kostas Mitroglou and Alexandros Tziolis sent Greece two points clear of Bosnia.

France top the standings, but still have a long way to go, as the top four teams in the group have a shot at qualification.

Goals from Haris Medunjanin and Edin Visca put the Bosnians ahead in Sarajevo after Belgium full-back Thomas Muenier's early strike, but Michy Batshuayi and Jan Vertonghen turned things around.

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