France win to stay top over Sweden; Ronaldo needed to save Portugal

France have little room for error

France have little room for error

The team now looks to seal the deal at home when they play Belarus on Tuesday at the Stade de France in Paris.

Matuidi struck after three minutes with a fine angled shot and Bulgaria had their best chance denied by Hugo Lloris before halftime.

France were held to a shock draw at home to Luxembourg in their last qualifier to leave qualification in the balance - just three days after a superb performance in the 4-0 thrashing of Holland.

Chelsea were left sweating on Saturday night after midfielder N'Golo Kante tweaked a hamstring playing for France against Bulgaria.

Blaise Matuidi's early goal proved to be the match-winner with Les Bleus now on top of Group A with 20 points, one ahead of Sweden which thumped Luxembourg 8-0. The lead was doubled in the 86th minute by Andre Silva.

The Dutch trail Sweden by three points, and although they host the Swedes on Tuesday, the Organje will have to win by at least six goals or face missing out on a second successive major tournament.

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.

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Iceland scored another goal in the 49th minute from a corner kick to secure a 3-0 lead. But we played like men.

The visitors continued to dominate and almost found a second seven minutes later when N'golo Kanté found Mbappé in space on the left and the PSG forward forced a fine save from Plamen Iliev at the near post.

"We have a quality group with lots of players". It was his ninth goal in 59 games for France. With an attempt to claim the second spot in Group A the Netherlands team came to all guns blazing.

Goals from Haris Medunjanin and Edin Visca put the Bosnians ahead in Sarajevo after Belgium full-back Thomas Muenier's early strike, but Michy Batshuayi and Jan Vertonghen turned things around.

The late game in that Group saw Greece come from a goal down to beat Cyprus 2-1 and go second in the group with a game to go.

Spas Delev had the first half-chance of the second period after finding space outside the France box, but the striker curled his effort wide of the far post.

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.

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