Goal from the Locker Room Stopped Bulgaria Against France

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France therefore went into half-time leading 1-0 and on course to end the night at the top of Group A.

Toivonen struck a wonderful volley to make it 8-0 and Luxembourg were embarrassed in their next test following one of their finest-ever results in holding France to a 0-0 draw.

France have injury issues as they are without Layvin Kurzawa, Laurent Koscielny, Benjamin Mendy, Ousmane Dembele and Pogba.

With this win, France is now top of their European World Cup qualifying Group A. It was, however, a mixed day for the Netherlands who despite beating 3-1 Belarus have slim chances of qualifying.

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Bulgaria more than held their own in Sofia, though, as they looked to repeat the famous win over France that sent them to the 1994 World Cup, and Hugo Lloris was forced into a point-blank save to deny Georgi Kostadinov.

"On that type of pitch, we were not able to really play our game, but we took advantage of the best player in the world". Literally a goal from the dressing room led to the first defeat of the team led by Petar Hubchev before the Bulgarian fans, which is the first of more than two years for the "tricolors" who had five consecutive wins, four of them in these qualifiers. However, the latter have the superior goal difference and they may add to that against a side who have lost all of their nine game so far.

"The pressure is something I love". I was a bit anxious about getting injured on that surface.

They now go into Tuesday's game against Belarus knowing victory will secure their spot at the World Cup in Russian Federation next year.

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Brighton's Davy Propper and Southampton's Virgil van Dijk will both be pushing for starting spots for the Netherlands.

Switzerland now goes on to meet Portugal, and it will only take a tie to get the Swiss into the World Cup. Switzerland are one of only two nations in Europe yet to drop a point in qualifying along with Germany.

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

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

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Another game in the same group between two teams with no hope of progress saw Gibraltar lose 6-0 to Estonia after goals from Siim Luts, Mattias Kait, Sergei Zenjov and a 25-minute Joonas Tamm hat trick.