Home defeat eliminates Bulgaria from 2018 World Cup qualifying

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Lacazette should have doubled France's lead just before the 30-minute mark after being found inside the Bulgarian box by Mbappe, but the Arsenal forward was denied by a brilliant challenge from Vasil Bozhikov.

France scored an early goal and hung on to win 1-0 in Bulgaria to stay on pace to finish top of UEFA World Cup qualifying Group A on Saturday night.

The referee had to step in on a number of occasions to stop tensions boiling over, but chances were few and far between as the key Group A clash headed for its final 10 minutes at 1-0 France.

It took Les Beus just over two minutes to take the lead, as a lovely attack via Antoine Griezmann ended up with Matuidi blasting home from a tight angle.

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. France goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris was forced to make a point-blank save off a powerful shot by Georgi Kostadinov.

There is also history between the two nations, as the last time France did not qualify for the World Cup was in 1994 after a late defeat to Bulgaria in qualifying.

Dutch fans were waiting anxiously for their team to win at Barysaw.


Greece now lead Bosnia by two points and face minnows Gibraltar on Tuesday, but even if they finish second they could still face the possibility of missing out on the playoffs. The post-match celebrations were cut short as the job was half done.

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.

Dick Advocaat's side will host Sweden in Amsterdam with the visitors' goal difference now some 12 better after their resounding victory over Luxembourg. The three-time World Cup runners-up are now facing eventual elimination.

The European champions had to wait until the 63rd minute for Ronaldo to break the deadlock on the artificial pitch, before Andre Silva finally put their nerves to bed.

The visitors almost scored a second after 15 minutes when Kylian Mbappe demonstrated his breathtaking speed to burst past Nikolay Bodurov, forcing Plamen Iliev into a smart save. We'll have to win on Tuesday. The Swiss team now has nine wins out of nine games.

Belgium are already secured of automatic qualification from Group H, having won seven of their eight matches.

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