2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Wrap (Europe): Former Winners On The Brink

first_imgStandings:1. Belgium 25 points2. Greece 16 points3. Bosnia and Herzegovina 14 points4. Estonia 11 points5. Cyprus 10 points6. Gibraltar 0 pointRelated2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifying Wrap (UEFA): France, Portugal Qualify; Netherlands Eliminated Despite WinOctober 11, 2017In “FIFA”Denmark, Ireland World Cup Playoff Clash In The Balance After StalemateNovember 12, 2017In “FIFA”2018 World Cup Qualifying Wrap (Europe): England, Germany Secure Final SpotsOctober 6, 2017In “Europe” Former World Cup winners France are on the brink of booking their place at next year’s tournament in Russia after they recorded a slim 1-0 win against Bulgaria in Group A.Blaise Matuidi scored the only goal of the game for the visitors as early as the third minute to hand the French team their 6th win in the qualifiers. They just need a win against lowly Belarus at home in their final qualifier to seal a spot at the World Cup.Still staying with the Group, three-time finalists Netherlands are in danger of missing out despite beating Belarus 3-1 away from home. The Oranje as they are fondly called are currently three points adrift of the playoff place and they next face Sweden, who occupy the playoff spot.The 1974, 1978 and 2010 World Cup finalists need to beat Sweden at home on Tuesday by at least 7 goals to have any chance of booking their place in Russia 2018 via the playoffs.In Group B, Switzerland only need a draw in their final qualifier against hosts Portugal on Tuesday to book their ticket after a dominant 5-2 win over Hungary with Arsenal star Granit Xhaka getting one of the goals for the home side.On the other hand, Portugal will need to beat Switzerland in the aforementioned game to qualify for Russia 2018 automatically and condemn the Swiss to the playoffs. Superstar forward Cristiano Ronaldo and Andre Silva scored for the European Champions in a 2-0 win at Andorra to put them in that position.Group A:Sweden 8-0 LuxembourgBulgaria 0-1 FranceBelarus 1-3 NetherlandsStandings:1. France 20 points2. Sweden 19 points3. Netherlands 16 points4. Bulgaria 12 points5. Belarus 5 points6. Luxembourg 5 pointsGroup B:Switzerland 5-2 HungaryFaroe Islands 0-0 LatviaAndorra 0-2 PortugalStandings:1. Switzerland 27 points2. Portugal 24 points3. Hungary 10 points4. Faroe Islands 9 points5. Andorra 4 points6. Latvia 4 pointsGroup H:Bosnia and Herzegovina 3-4 BelgiumCyprus 1-2 GreeceGibraltar 0-6 Estonialast_img read more