Portugal, France reach World Cup; Holland, Arjen Robben not

The European champions, Portugal, met all requirements for one year from now's World Cup with a persuading 2-0 prevail upon Switzerland on Tuesday after a claim objective by Johan Djourou set them on their way. 

The Swiss safeguard put the ball into his own net four minutes previously half-time and André Silva fixed the triumph in the 57th moment as Portugal pulled level on 27 focuses with Switzerland and won Group B on objective distinction. 

France and Portugal meet all requirements for 2018 World Cup – as it happened 

Portugal beat Switzerland to top spot in Group B and France maintained a strategic distance from humiliation against Belarus. In addition: no supernatural occurrence for Holland

Portugal, France reach World Cup; Holland, Arjen Robben not

Portugal, France reach World Cup; Holland, Arjen Robben not

The Swiss had driven the gathering since beating Portugal 2-0 in Basel in their opening match in September a year ago and went ahead to win every one of the nine matches before Tuesday's experience in Lisbon, while Portugal had won their resulting eight. Switzerland will now enter Tuesday's draw for the play-offs. 

Portugal may have won all the more unequivocally. Cristiano Ronaldo ought to have scored his sixteenth objective of the qualifying effort when he was sent clear in the 78th moment however he over-explained as he endeavored to get around Yann Sommer and enabled the goalkeeper to guarantee the ball. 

France close best spot as Holland's play tilt misses the mark 

Antoine Griezmann scored one and set up another as France booked their place at one year from now's World Cup finals by beating Belarus 2-1 at the Stade de France in their last Group A qualifying diversion on Tuesday. 

Griezmann opened the scoring and after that set up Olivier Giroud before the break while Belarus lessened the shortage on the stroke of half-time through Anton Saroka. The outcome put France, who will partake in their 6th back to back World Cup finals, on 23 focuses after 10 amusements, four in front of second-set Sweden. 

Didier Deschamps' group were never truly under weight, the administrator having changed from a 4-3-3 to a 4-4-2 arrangement with Giroud and Griezmann in advance, pushing Kylian Mbappé and Alexandre Lacazette on to the seat. France started decidedly yet Belarus had the principal clear possibility when Yuri Kovalev's low calculated shot zoomed simply past Hugo Lloris' correct hand post in the twelfth moment. Kingsley Coman was a steady threat on the correct flank and his fine cross in the 21st moment was met by Giroud, whose header smashed on to the bar. 

The hosts were remunerated for their endeavors six minutes after the fact when Griezmann beat Syarhey Chernik from short proximity after a Blaise Matuidi through ball tore the Belarus guard completely open. They multiplied their count six minutes after the fact as another through ball, this time from Griezmann, was gathered by Giroud in the zone and the Arsenal forward clinically slid it past Chernik. It was Giroud's 28th objective for France. 

France's focus levels plunged, nonetheless, and they were rebuffed on the stroke of half-time when Saroka's cool complete enabled the guests to get a course once again into the amusement. However the hosts kept up control in the second half and however Belarus debilitated on the break Deschamps, detecting threat, supplanted Griezmann with the more cautious Moussa Sissoko, and France waited. 

Holland's normal exit was affirmed when they beat Sweden 2-0 at the Amsterdam Arena, missing the mark regarding the seven-objective edge required to supplant their rivals in the play-offs. 

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Arjen Robben, who reported his global retirement after the match, scored twice in the main half yet it was insufficient to forestall Sweden achieving the play-offs to the detriment of the Dutch. The two nations completed level on 19 focuses, behind Group A victors France, however Sweden completed second on objective contrast. 

The home side began splendidly, with Robben changing over a sixteenth moment punishment and afterward pounding in a sublime left-footed shot five minutes previously half-time to raise the expectations of the home fans. The Dutch, in any case, did not have the vital innovativeness as Sweden quiets down shop in the second half and the match failed out. 

Switzerland and Sweden will be joined by Greece in the play-offs. Konstantinos Mitroglou scored twice as they got the home triumph they required against Group H minnows Gibraltar, running out 4-0 champs. 

Uefa qualified groups 

Russia (host), Belgium, Germany, England, Spain, Poland, Serbia, Iceland, France, Portugal 

Play-offs 

Seeded: Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, Denmark 

Unseeded: Northern Ireland, Sweden, Republic of Ireland, Greece 

The play-off draw will occur on Tuesday 17 October. The primary legs will be played on 9-11 November, with the second legs on 12-14 November.

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