France Book Russia Spot With Belarus Win

Paris Saint Germain star Kylian Mbappe was among the France players enjoying themselves

The team France is in the first place with 20 points and the team Belarus is in the fifth place with five points in the standing table of Group A UEFA World Cup Qualifying. "From that point, I always thought we had to win all our remaining games because I was convinced the Swiss wouldn't drop any points before coming to Lisbon".

"We know we can improve things but, in terms of results, we got it done".

See how to watch Tuesday's match below. Talk in the build-up to this game had centred on a match 24 years ago when Bulgaria had denied France a place at the 1994 World Cup in the United States. But dropped points to Luxembourg and Sweden over the last two worldwide match periods mean that they have just a one-point lead over the Swedes, and France has no room for error if they want to avoid a qualification playoff.

Trailing the Scandinavians by three points, only a massive victory over Sweden in Amsterdam next week will save the three-time World Cup runners-up. "This is a young team who have many qualities but they are young all the same, and we were facing an opponent which never gave up and played with intensity and speed". In the final match of the selection for the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the Belarusian national team will face France. "Sweden had won just before, it was important to win here", said Matuidi.

Portugal struggled for long periods in Andorra, needing the rested Cristiano Ronaldo to come on as a half-time substitute and help them stumble to a 2-0 win and set up a winner-takes-all showdown with Switzerland in Lisbon on Tuesday.

"We had to fight to the end and play like men!" Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris had little to do until the 37th minute when he was called into action twice in a matter of seconds.

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