France on brink of World Cup

Mbappe 'won't save the day' for France

Mbappe 'won't save the day' for France

Belgium maintained their unbeaten World Cup qualifying record as they came from behind to beat Bosnia 4-3 at the Stadion Grbavica.

Teenage sensation Kylian Mbappe warned he is "not a saviour" ahead of France's crucial trip to Bulgaria in their penultimate 2018 World Cup qualifier on Saturday.

At minute 3, Juventus star Matuidi took a pass from Griezmann and booted the ball past Iliev into the net to give France a 1-0 lead.

Greece are in second place, two points clear of Bosnia-Herzegovina.

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

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

France is in top of its group with a point ahead of Sweden.

France lost N'Golo Kante to a hamstring problem in the latter stages of the first period as Adrien Rabiot entered the field, and Bulgaria should have been level in the 36th minute when Hugo Lloris made a meal of a strike from Simeon Slavchev, but the Tottenham Hotspur goalkeeper somehow kept out a close-range header from Georgi Kostadinov.

All that means that the Netherlands are all but certain to miss out on a second consecutive major tournament despite a 3-1 win over Belarus.

France top the standings, but still have a long way to go, as the top four teams in the group have a shot at qualification.

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"There is a second match on Tuesday in front of our supporters".

"Thank God that he scored", said Portugal coach Fernando Santos.

Portugal go into that game with Switzerland three points behind their rivals but with a much better goal difference meaning the victor will be guaranteed a place in Russian Federation nest summer.

Over in Group B, Portugal were toiling in Andorra, 0-0 at half-time.

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