France national side is inching closer to secure a spot in upcoming 2018 World Cup following their hard fought 1-0 victory over home side, Bulgaria on Saturday.
The away side started off brightly as they went one goal up after just three minutes of play with an effort from Blaise Matuidi.
Despite that early lead, Les Blues didn’t just go too overly dominate proceedings as their opponent put out a strong fight.
Leading by a single goal as they go into half time break, France continue to work hard in extending their lead, but they struggle in acquiring their second goal as Bulgaria were determined in snatching an equalizing goal.
Experiencing an intense last 10 minutes, Didier Deschamps’ men finally felt relieve when the final whistle was blown as they collected an important three points to stay ahead of Sweden.
There’s one more game left in the qualifier in which Les Blues can secure their qualification should they defeat Belarus.
Meanwhile, Portugal also setting up their direct qualification chance alive until the final match day as they won 2-0 over Andorra.
Cristiano Ronaldo opened the scoring for European Selecao, before AC Milan starlet, Andre Silva doubling his team’s victory and securing all three points in that game.
Portugal chance for direct qualification will now be decided on their last game against current group leader, Switzerland, a potential thrilling encounter which will see both sides battling it out for that ticket to Russia 2018.