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Blaise Matuidi's early goal saw off Bulgaria 1-0 late on October 7 and kept France top of European World Cup qualifying Group A, while the Netherlands' hopes are hanging by a thread despite a 3-1 win in Belarus.

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

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

"There is a lot of satisfaction, but it is only one step", he said. Captain Arjen Robben came to his side's rescue by netting a penalty with only six minutes remaining, before Memphis Depay added some gloss in injury-time.

All that means that the Netherlands are all but certain to miss out on a second consecutive major tournament despite a 3-1 win over Belarus.

Didier Deschamps' men can take a giant step towards booking their place at the World Cup in Russian Federation next summer with a victory in Sofia, with second-placed Sweden hosting lowly Luxembourg a point behind.

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.

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The hosts were off to a flying start to the second half, but they saw Bozhidar Kraev yellow carded in the 62nd minute for a late sliding challenge on Raphaƫl Varane.

Iceland scored another goal in the 49th minute from a corner kick to secure a 3-0 lead. Portugal needed Cristiano Ronaldo special strike to break the shackles after 63rd minute. "However, I was confident (that we would qualify for the World Cup) before the game, and I am even more confident now". "When you have good players, it's normal to expect us to make a difference".

Kylian MbappƩ (France forward): "We can't hide from the fact that it wasn't a great match, but we had to go there and get the result, which we did". "We knew it would be hard, they're a team that had won four times at home in this group".

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.

In Group H, Greece moved into second place with a come-from-behind 2-1 victory in Cyprus after Bosnia and Herzegovinahad suffered a stunning 4-3 home defeat by already-qualified Belgium.

Edin Visca then completed the comeback for Bosnia before half-time after an error from Jan Vertonghen, but Chelsea striker Michy Batshuayi hit back to equalise in the second half and Vertonghen put Belgium ahead again.


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