A review of Satuday's action as France earned a vital win

Geneva Matthews
October 10, 2017

But a month later Emil Kostadinov scored a last minute victor at the Parc des Princes to give Bulgaria a 2-1 win and send them, just one point ahead of France, to the World Cup.

Earlier, Sweden had kept up the pressure on France with an 8-0 win over Luxembourg.

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.

At the 84th minute, Arejen Robben scored with a penalty kick to put the Netherlands ahead 2-1, then Memphis Depay wrapped it up for the final 3-1 victory. Those results mean the likes of Scotland, Wales and the Republic of Ireland (the latter two face off in a victor takes all meeting on Monday) will be guaranteed a playoff place if they win their final games.

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.

But Hungary equalised 10 minutes after half-time as Sergey Balanovich led a counter-attack and found Maksim Volodko to slot his low shot out of the reach of Jasper Cillessen.

An early goal from Blaise Matuidi saw the French side beat Bulgaria 1-0 on Saturday.

"We didn't have a great second half, we had few opportunities and struggled a lot".

The 1998 world champions lead Sweden by one point in Group A with two matches to play, but France need little reminding of the pain inflicted upon them by the Bulgarians in one of the national team's darkest hours. It was his ninth goal in 59 games for France.

At 5pm we will bring up to the minute updates from Bosnia-Herzegovina v Belgium and Sweden v Luxembourg in the UEFA qualifiers, followed by all the 7.45pm kick-offs, including Belarus v Holland, Bulgaria v France and Andorra v Portugal.

In Group H, Greece moved above Bosnia and Herzegovina into second place by rallying to defeat Cyprus 2-1. 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.

Thomas Meunier had put Belgium in front after just four minutes, but goals from Haris Medunjanin on the half-hour and Edin Visca after 39 minutes put the hosts ahead going into the break.

The other game in the group sees Gibraltar, who are without a point, host Estonia.

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