France Takes Bulgaria Down (1-0) in WC Qualifiers

تم نشره في Sun 8 October / Oct 2017. 12:00 AM
  • From the match between France and Bulgaria for the World Cup Qualifiers

Midfielder N'Golo Kante suffered a hamstring injury against Bulgaria as France moved to within one win of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.

Les Bleus were already leading when the Chelsea player had to be replaced after 34 minutes in Sofia.

Juventus midfielder Blaise Matuidi scored the only goal with a low finish.

France, briefly replaced at the top of Group A earlier on Saturday by Sweden, will seal qualification if they beat Belarus at home on Tuesday (19:45 BST).

Les Bleus top Group A with 20 points, one ahead of Sweden who crushed Luxembourg 8-0.

World Cup Europe Qualifiers - (BBC)

The victory was Didier Deschamps's 42nd since he took over the national team from Laurent Blanc in 2012 - the most wins by any France coach.

Sweden's final group game is away to the Netherlands on Tuesday (19:45 BST).

The Netherlands, third in the group with an inferior goal difference, are set to miss out on qualifying unless they record a heavy win.