Bulgaria 0 France 1

Posted October 10, 2017

France have returned to the top of their 2018 World Cup qualification group courtesy of a 1-0 win over Bulgaria on Saturday night.

At Sofia, France took an early lead after Blaise Matuidi netted a beautifully crafted shot into the far corner just in the third minute.

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.

Switzerland lead Portugal by three points but have an inferior goal difference.

They now go into Tuesday's game against Belarus knowing victory will secure their spot at the World Cup in Russian Federation next year.

France lost N'Golo Kante do an apparent hamstring injury in the 33rd minute, and Hungary almost equalised a few minutes later, only for Hugo Lloris to make a tremendous diving save to deny Georgi Kostadinov. Davy Propper, Captain Arjen Robben, and Memphis Depay scored for the Dutch as they beat Belarus 3-1.

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.

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Cristiano Ronaldo came off the bench to spare Portugal's blushes in a 2-0 win over lowly Andorra, with AC Milan's Andre Silva netting a late second.

Cyprus, on 10 points, could have stayed in contention but an terrible mistake by Konstantinos Laifis six minutes later let Greece back into the game. "We knew it would be hard, they're a team that had won four times at home in this group. When you have good players, it's normal to expect us to make the difference".

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

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.

"We did not have a great second period, and they were more aggressive".

In Group H, Switzerland and Portugal set up a victor takes all meeting in Lisbon on Tuesday after both emerged victorious from their penultimate matches.

In the other Group H afternoon kick-off, defender Joonas Tamm bagged a second-half hat-trick as Estonia trashed Gibraltar 6-0 at Estadio Algarve.