Portugal secures place at Russian World Cup as Netherlands crash out

Portugal has secured a place in the Russia World Cup next summer with a solid 2-0 win over Switzerland.

Swiss defender Johan Djourou put the ball into his own net four minutes before half-time and Andre Silva sealed the victory in the 57th minute as Portugal pulled level on 27 points with Switzerland and won Group B on goal difference.

While Switzerland could have secured an automatic berth with just a draw after leading the group for the past seven games, they had to concede their spot in Group B of the UEFA World Cup qualifiers to Portugal thanks to a vast goal difference. – Cara Daftar Sbobet

Portugal’s Euro 2016 final opponents France were also in the World Cup finals following a 2-1 win over Belarus in Group A, which also secured the first place automatic qualification position.

Antoine Griezmann opened the scoring and then set up Olivier Giroud before the break while Belarus reduced the deficit on the stroke of half-time through Anton Saroka. The result put France, who will take part in their sixth consecutive World Cup, on 23 points after 10 games, four ahead of second-placed Sweden.

Meanwhile, although the Netherlands themselves had handed the Swedes a 2-0 beating, they fell short of the seven-goal margin required to replace their opponents in the play-offs.

Winger Arjen Robben, who announced his international retirement after the match, scored twice in the first half but it was not enough to prevent Sweden reaching the playoffs at the expense of the Dutch.

The two countries finished level on 19 points, behind Group A winners France, but Sweden secured the playoff berth by finishing second on goal difference.

The home side started brightly, with Robben converting a 16th-minute penalty and then hammering in a superb left-footed shot five minutes before half-time to raise the hopes of the home fans. The Dutch, however, lacked the necessary creativity as Sweden shut up shop in the second half and the match fizzled out.

UEFA qualified teams:

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

Play-offs:

Seeded: Switzerland, Italy, Croatia, Denmark

Unseeded:

Northern Ireland, Sweden, Republic of Ireland, Greece

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