Bulgaria v France 07 October 2017

Bulgaria v France 07 October 2017

Bulgaria v France 07 October 2017

So, sit back, relax and enjoy the worldwide break with Sportsmail's live runner, bringing everything you need to know about the Russian Federation 2018 qualifiers.

Euro 2016 runners-up France are nearly certain to be playing the next edition in Russian Federation.

With time running out, Holland took the lead again through a penalty from Arjen Robben on 84 minutes before Memphis Depay made it 3-1 with a free-kick in stoppage time.

France return to the top of their 2018 World Cup qualification group courtesy of a 1-0 win over Bulgaria 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.

France were off to a flying start as a flowing team move ended with Antoine Griezmann teeing up Matuidi to blast home from a tight angle on three minutes.

Bulgaria looked to hit back moments later when the ball fell for Todor Nedelev in an advanced area, but the midfielder's effort was always moving wide of the post. France goalkeeper and captain Hugo Lloris was forced to make a point-blank save off a powerful shot by Georgi Kostadinov.

There are also critical games from the African qualifiers, and we will update you from the big events happening in that section. On Saturday they travel to Bosnia-Herzegovina, who are second in the group and looking to improve their chances of qualifying for the play-offs as one of the best eight teams. The Dutch needed a victory in Barysaw to keep alive any hopes of a top-two finish, but despite a third goal in two games from Brighton and Hove Albion midfielder Davy Propper, Belarus equalised through Maksim Volodjko.

But it now faces a near impossible task, as Sweden thrashed Luxembourg 8-0 earlier on October 7, with forward Marcus Berg scoring four goals, to extend their advantage over Dick Advocaat's men on goal difference to 12.

Dick Advocaat's side will host Sweden in Amsterdam with the visitors' goal difference now some 12 better after their resounding victory over Luxembourg. A victory means the World Cup, which is something fabulous.

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.

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