Portugal, France qualify for World Cup

The World Cup holds in Russia next year

Portugal defeated Group B rivals Switzerland 2-0 at the Estadio da Luz in Lisbon to earn automatic qualification for the 2018 World Cup.
The Selecao, who had not topped the group at any point prior to Tuesday tie, came out on top through an unfortunate Johan Djourou own goal and a well-worked Andre Silva strike either side of half time.
A draw would have been enough to take the Swiss through, but their 10-match winning run came to an end to set up a two-legged playoff next month to determine whether they will join their opponents in Russia.
There was to be a breakthrough shortly before the interval, though, as Djourou put into his own net when attempting to clear Eliseu’s dangerous left-sided cross.
Joao Mario, Sommer and Djourou got into a tangle when attempting to get on the end of the cross, with the ball cruelly tricking over the line after contact from the former Arsenal man.
Portugal, who ended the campaign with nine-successive wins, failed to add to their goals tally but they picked up the result required against a flat Switzerland side.
France has also booked their spot in the finals of the 2018 World Cup courtesy of a 2-1 win over Belarus in their final Group A clash on Tuesday night.
Didier Deschamps’s side entered the match one point clear of second-placed Sweden, and a narrow victory in Paris saw the Euro 2016 finalists secure their position in next summer’s tournament.
The World Cup holds next year in Russia.