World

France take step closer to World Cup berth

France take step closer to World Cup berth

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

In the standing table of UEFA World Cup Qualifying, France is in the first place with 17 points and the team Bulgaria is in the fourth place with 12 points.

But Didier Deschamps's side closed out the vital win, and three points at home to Belarus on Tuesday would book their ticket to Russian Federation.

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.

Captain Arjen Robben came to his side's rescue by netting a penalty with only six minutes remaining, before Memphis Depay added some gloss in injury-time.

After beating Hungary secured nine wins from nine, you'd forgive Switzerland for thinking they deserved to have wrapped up top-spot in the group.

More news: Western Michigan beats Buffalo in 7 OTs; teams set FBS points mark
More news: Turkish & Iranian leaders unite against Kurdish referendum, accuse Mossad of meddling
More news: Cam Newton Apologizes for 'Extremely Degrading' Remarks to Female Reporter

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.

Cristiano Ronaldo finally opened the scoring in the 63rd minute before André Silva secured the win in the 86th.

The national team of Bulgaria fought with all the strength it had, but with 0:1 defeat from the Euro 2016 finalist and one of the most powerful and expensive teams in the world - France. The Lions have only won one out of their last three games, most recently coming off a 3-1 defeat against the Netherlands.

The French are assured of at least a playoff place, with the best eight second-placed teams going through to the two-legged playoffs.

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

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.


  • Green Bay defense preparing for multiple Cowboys weapons

    Green Bay defense preparing for multiple Cowboys weapons

    Is he good enough to hold is own against Bryant? The quarterback has tossed for more than 1,100 yards and 10 touchdowns. Fantasy Tip: Cowboys RB Ezekiel Elliott had more than 100 yards rushing in both games against Packers last season.
    Sergio Ramos: 'Gerard Pique and I have a great relationship'

    Sergio Ramos: 'Gerard Pique and I have a great relationship'

    Spain have now qualified for 11 consecutive World Cups; not since West Germany 1974 has a World Cup been played without Spain . Pique and David Silva both received yellow cards and will miss Spain's final qualifier next week.
    Netflix ups prices on most popular plan

    Netflix ups prices on most popular plan

    The service last raised their monthly prices two years ago in 2015, which caused just as much of a stir amidst subscribers. As Mashable points out , despite the increase, Netflix remains one of the most economic streaming services on the market.
  • American Galen Rupp wins men's 2017 Chicago Marathon

    American Galen Rupp wins men's 2017 Chicago Marathon

    I made the mistake in the past of going out a little too hard too soon and you still have a long ways to go for several miles. She has won several laurels for the East African country at the Olympics and in other worldwide competitions.
    Jeremy Lane likely out for Seahawks vs. Rams

    Jeremy Lane likely out for Seahawks vs. Rams

    Win, and Seattle enters its bye week in a tie for first and knowing the Rams still have to come to Seattle on December 17. Or how he vainly looked up field for open receivers - there were none - before taking off running down the sideline.
    Clemson QB Kelly Bryant suffers ankle injury vs. Wake Forest

    Clemson QB Kelly Bryant suffers ankle injury vs. Wake Forest

    Clemson: The Tigers' offense has been tailored to Bryant's penchant to run and its strong quartet of running backs. Dabo Swinney says Wake Forest has "way more depth" up front than Virginia Tech, Clemson's opponent last week.
  • Las Vegas shooter also considered Boston and Chicago

    Las Vegas shooter also considered Boston and Chicago

    NBC News reported that Paddock researched hotels around Fenway Park, according to an anonymous law enforcement official. The 2017 Life Is Beautiful festival included performances by Lorde, Chance The Rapper and Wiz Khalifa.
    Pesticides in 75% of Honey Samples Taken from all Over the World

    Pesticides in 75% of Honey Samples Taken from all Over the World

    The study highlights the worldwide threat such pesticides pose for bee populations, which have been on the decline for years. They said it is not a health problem for people because levels were far below governments' thresholds on what's safe to eat.
    Linebacker Natrez Patrick arrested on marijuana charges — Georgia Bulldogs

    Linebacker Natrez Patrick arrested on marijuana charges — Georgia Bulldogs

    After that, the officer put Patrick in handcuffs and asked Patrick again if there was any more marijuana in the vehicle. The officer proceeded to ask Patrick if there was any marijuana in the vehicle, to which Patrick stated there was not.
  • India hammered by United States  in debut U-17 World Cup match

    India hammered by United States in debut U-17 World Cup match

    The tournament happens every two years and there have been 16 such events since its inception, with this being the 17th edition. India saw more of the ball in the second half, but failed to make much inroads even though that made the game balanced.
    Marouane Fellaini: Fears Man Utd midfielder has knee ligament damage - Roberto Martinez

    Marouane Fellaini: Fears Man Utd midfielder has knee ligament damage - Roberto Martinez

    Bosnia equalised immediately after Fellaini was withdrawn and went 1-0 up just before half-time but Belgium recovered to win 4-3. The Belgian FA also confirmed the injury, saying: "It is something to be anxious about on first sight".
    Police find head of murdered Swedish journalist Kim Wall

    Police find head of murdered Swedish journalist Kim Wall

    Body parts have been found belonging to a Swedish journalist who went missing after meeting a Danish inventor on his submarine. Madsen has insisted there was no sexual relationship between him and Wall, and that their contacts had been professional.