France & Portugal Secure Qualification as the Netherlands Crash Out
13 Октября 2017, 12:46 | Marlene Fleming
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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. Needing an unthinkable 7-0 win, the Dutch managed only two, both from Arjen Robben.
Switzerland will now enter a playoff over two legs with another European group runner-up in November for a place at Russian Federation 2018.
Then it was Olivier Giroud who scored with a magnificent against favourable much too lucky.
The Netherlands fell short of making the World Cup finals despite a 2-0 win over Sweden.
Sweden's superior goal difference over France means a draw against the Netherlands would move them into first if Belarus claim an unlikely win at the Stade de France.
Arjen Robben scored both goals - in the 16th minute from the penalty spot and on 40 minutes - before he announced his global retirement post match.
Missing out on the World Cup caps a remarkable demise for the Netherlands, who were runners-up at the 2010 tournament in South Africa and third in Brazil in 2014.
Greece thumped Gibraltar 4-0 in Piraeus to claim second place in Group H, behind already qualified Belgium, and a spot in the playoffs.
And emphatically rounding off an imperious qualification campaign, nine points ahead of the Greeks, was Belgium, who eased past Cyprus with goals from Eden and Thorgan Hazard, and of course Romelu Lukaku.
The result appeared settled in the 12th minute when Eden Hazard found the far corner of the net with a curling right-footed shot. Hungary host Faroe Islands and Latvia take on Andorra in the group's other encounters.
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