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Summary

  1. FT: Bulgaria 0-1 France - France top of Group A
  2. FT: Andorra 0-2 Portugal - Ronaldo comes on to score
  3. Portugal qualify if they beat Switzerland on Tuesday
  4. FT: Belarus 1-3 Netherlands
  5. Netherlands all but out after big Sweden win

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By Neil Johnston

All times stated are UK

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FULL-TIME - Andorra 0-2 Portugal

Portugal will make it to Russia if they beat Group B leaders Switzerland in Lisbon on Tuesday. It promises to be a cracker.

FULL-TIME - Bugaria 0-1 France

It wasn't pretty but France are 90 minutes away from booking a World Cup spot.

FULL-TIME - Belarus 1-3 Netherlands

Three points but it won't be enough unless the Netherlands thrash Sweden in Amsterdam on Tuesday.

GOAL - Belarus 1-3 Netherlands

Memphis Depay

Delicious finish from a free-kick by the former Manchester United player.

Switzerland 5-1 Hungary

Stephan Lichtsteiner joins the party in Basel. Switzerland will go into their 10th and final Group B qualifying game away to Portugal with a three point lead.

A draw in Lisbon and the Swiss will qualify.

GOAL - Andorra 0-2 Portugal

Andre Silva

Cristiano Ronaldo's cross picks out Danilo whose header across to the far post is tapped home by Andre Silva.

Portugal will secure automatic qualification if they beat Switzerland in Lisbon on Tuesday.

GOAL - Belarus 1-2 Netherlands

Arjen Robben

Cool finish from Arjen Robben. The visitors have the lead but it means little as the Netherlands needed to score a bucket load due to their inferior goal difference.

PENALTY TO THE NETHERLANDS

Belarus 1-1 Netherlands

There's a clear shove inside the area and Michael Oliver points to the spot.

Belarus 1-1 Netherlands

Remember the golden era of Johan Cruyff and Total Football?

They were good times for the Oranje.

This has been a nightmare campaign for the Netherlands and it is set to end in failure.

Switzerland 4-1 Hungary

The Swiss have done everything - and more - asked of them tonight but you have to say Portugal are now be favourites to qualify as Group B winners.

They have won all four home games in this qualifying campaign and boast a far superior goal difference over Switzerland.

As it stands...

  • The Netherlands are 20 minutes from failing to qualify.

  • Switzerland and Portugal are facing a huge showdown in Lisbon on Tuesday to decide who wins Group B and secures automatic qualification.

GOAL - Andorra 0-1 Portugal

Cristiano Ronaldo

Astonishing!

Andorra have done such a good job frustrating Portugal that the European champions have been forced to send on substitute Cristiano Ronaldo, who is one booking away from a suspension.

And the Real Madrid ace makes an impression by stabbing home from close range to haul Portugal back to within three points of Group B leaders Switzerland.

Switzerland 4-1 Hungary

Surely nothing more than a consolation? Richard Guzmics pulls a goal back for Hungary but Swizerland are still bossing the game - and Group B.

Elsewhere, the Ghana FA have asked Fifa to consider replaying their World Cup qualifier against Uganda, which ended 0-0 on Saturday.

They’ve lodged a protest about the performance of the referee and his two assistants.

Ghana had a 93rd minute goal controversially disallowed.

GOAL - Belarus 1-1 Netherlands

Maksim Valadzko

There's going to be a distinct lack of orange at the World Cup.

Maksim Valadzko levels for the host and the Netherlands are set to miss out on qualifying for a major tournament for the second successive time.

Switzerland 4-0 Hungary

Party city of Europe? You'll be hard pressed to find an atmosphere as good as in Basel right now as Steven Zuber extends Switzerland's lead. Unless Portugal score against Andorra, the Swiss will qualify for the World Cup.

KICK-OFF

The Netherlands need goals. Lots of them.

Portugal require just one.

And France require a decent defensive performance.

We're back under way.

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SJ McNab: Regardless of the final score, it's a moral victory for Belarus - that kit is outstanding.

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HALF-TIME - Andorra 0-0 Portugal

How long before substitute Cristiano Ronaldo is called into action on a night of frustration for Portugal?

HALF-TIME - Bulgaria 0-1 France

A hard-working display by Didier Deschamps' side, who are one point clear at the top of Group A as it stands.

Switzerland 3-0 Hungary

Too easy for the Swiss. Hoffenheim's Steven Zuber adds a third goal for the hosts, who are currently heading for automatic qualification in Group B - five points clear of Portugal.

Bulgaria 0-1 France

Outstanding save by Hugo Lloris to keep out Georgi Kostadinov's point-blank header.

Nervous times for France. They are one point clear of Sweden at the top of Group A as it stands.

Andorra 0-0 Portugal

Worrying times for Portugal.

They are heading for the play-offs unless they can find a goal but Andorra are proving a tough nut to crack.

Ricardo Quaresma has missed a sitter for the European champions. How long before Cristiano Ronaldo climbs off the bench?

Kante injured

Bulgaria 0-1 France

N'Golo Kante's night is over. The Chelsea midfielder limps off with what looks like a hamstring injury. France still lead through Blaise Matuidi's tidy finish.

All change

Cyprus 1-2 Greece

That Cyprus lead did not last long. In fact the hosts now trail Greece after two goals in two minutes by ex-Fulam forward Konstantinos Mitroglou and former Hearts midfielder Alexandros Tziolis.

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Switzerland 2-0 Hungary

Bad news for Portugal.

Two goals in two minutes by Arsenal's Granit Xhaka and Fabian Frei give Switzerland a commanding 2-0 lead at home to Hungary.

European champions Portugal currently trail the Group B leaders by five points.

Play-offs for Ronaldo and Co?

GOAL - Belarus 0-1 Netherlands

Davy Propper

Just what the Netherlands needed.

They edge ahead through Brighton's Davy Propper after a well worked move involving Arjen Robben and Ryan Babbel.

The Netherlands are now three points behind second-placed Sweden in Group A.

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Cyprus 1-0 Greece

Massive news for Northern Ireland.

Cyprus have taken the lead at home to Greece in Group H through Pieros Sotiriou.

If Cyprus win Northern Ireland are definitely in the play-offs.

Belarus 0-0 Netherlands

More bad news for the Netherlands. Ryan Babel has been caught by a late challenge and he is off the pitch for treatment. The referee is Belarus is Michael OIiver who did not give a free-kick.

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Johnny Magrinho: Relying on OAP Robben, a washed up Babel & Gini Wijnaldum? Don't expect to qualify for the World Cup! Horrendous Holland side!

GOAL - Bulgaria 0-1 France

Blaise Matuidi (3 mins)

What a start for France!

Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi with a clinical finish from a right angle inside the area sends his country back to the top of Group A.

The Netherlands are heading out as it stands.

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Bulgaria 0-0 France

France are winless in their last seven visits to Bulgaria, since a 5-3 win back in 1932. That's got to change if they are to return to the top of Group A,

KICK-OFF

A huge 90 minutes coming up for the Netherlands, Portgual and France.

We're under way in all our games.

Nigeria heading to Russia

Nigeria have qualified for the World Cup after a 1-0 win over Zambia.

Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi scored the winning goal.

They’re the first African team to book their place at Russia 2018.

As well as Iwobi, Premier League players Victor Moses (Chelsea), Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester City), Wilfred Ndidi (Leicester City) and Ahmed Musa (Leicester City) are also in the Nigeria squad.

Tough times

Belarus v Netherlands (19:45 BST)

These are tough times for the Netherlands.

Having failed to qualify for Euro 2016, they are in danger of missing out on back-to-back major tournaments for the first time since 1986.

To put that into some context, Arjen Robben was just two years old when that happened.

"I still believe," said the two-time Premier League winner with Chelsea. "The history of football has always thrown up big surprises."

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Northern Ireland closer to play-offs

Earlier, Group H leaders Belgium, who have already qualified, overcame Bosnia-Herzegovina 4-3 in a thriller.

That's good news for Northern Ireland as it pushes them closer to a guaranteed place in the World Cup qualifying play-offs.

Bosnia have the worst record of the nine second-placed teams.

They can be overtaken in Group H by Greece, but if Greece fail to win in Cyprus, Northern Ireland's place in the play-offs will be assured.

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Win or bust

Belarus v Netherlands (19:45 BST)

It's win or bust for the Netherlands.

Davy Propper - their goal hero last time - and Vincent Janssen lead the attack in Belarus, while Arjen Robben and Ryan Babel expected to supply ammunition from out wide.

Belarus: Chernik, Rios, Yanushkevich, Politevich, Valadzko, Dragun, Maewski, Balanovich, Karnitskiy, Stasevich, Signevich.

Netherlands: Cillessen, Janmaat, van Dijk, Rekik, Blind, Wijnaldum, Vilhena, Robben, Propper, Babel, Janssen.

Team news

Bulgaria v France (19:45 BST)

No messing about by Didier Deschamps. France need to win to reclaim top spot in Group A with one game to go.

N'Golo Kante, Antoine Griezmann and teenager Kylian Mbappe all start.

Bulgaria: Iliev, Strahil Popov, Bodurov, Bozhikov, Zanev, Manolev, Slavchev, Kostadinov, Nedelev, Galabinov, Delev.

France: Lloris, Sidibe, Varane, Umtiti, Digne, Tolisso, Kante, Matuidi, Griezmann, Lacazette, Mbappe..

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Swede dreams

Bulgaria v France (19:45 BST)

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France started the day top of Group A but Sweden's 8-0 drubbing of Luxembourg earlier means they have been leapfrogged at the summit.

Marcus Berg's four-goal haul will make headlines.

The Netherlands are definitely out if they lose in Belarus.

Now or never

While Lionel Messi and Argentina have a few days to wait before their must-win qualifier with Ecuador, it could be curtains for Arjen Robben and the Netherlands in the next few hours.

It's now or never for Dick Advocaat's side, while Portugal also need to get their skates on if they are to secure a seat on the plane to Russia.

Here is what's coming up...

Belarus v Netherlands (19:45 BST)

Bulgaria v France (19:45 BST)

Andorra v Portugal (19:45 BST)

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