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Published: Mon, September 04, 2017
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Belgium become first European side to qualify for World

Belgium become first European side to qualify for World

Belgium now have 22 points from eight Group H games - eight more than second-placed Bosnia Herzegovina, who leapfrogged Greece with a 4-0 win in Gibraltar.

Zeca brought Greece level soon after but Lukaku scored the final goal with a glancing header a minute later.

Belgium have become the sixth team to book their spot at the 2018 World Cup after recording a 2-1 victory over Greece in Sunday night's Group H fixture.

The Red Devils join Brazil, Mexico, Iran and Japan in qualifying for the World Cup, with Russian Federation automatically getting a place as hosts.

Didier Deschamps's side, who thrashed the Netherlands 4-0 on Thursday, were expected to win convincingly in Toulouse but they were unable to break down a country positioned 126 places below them in the Federation Internationale de Football Association world rankings.

Three days after a 4-0 destruction of the Netherlands in which they showcased their frightening array of attacking talent, France proved themselves unable to break down minnows Luxembourg, the nation lying 136th in the world rankings.

It could have been worse for Les Bleus, though, as Luxembourg substitute Gerson Rodrigues outpaced Laurent Koscielny in the 79th minute before seeing his shot strike an upright.

"The last two games will be decisive".

Portugal beat 10-man Hungary 1-0 to keep the pressure on Group B leaders Switzerland, who thrashed Latvia 3-0.

Davy Propper scored a brace as Netherlands kept alive their hopes of qualifying with a 3-1 victory over Bulgaria.

Switzerland maintained their three-point advantage over European champions Portugal after both claimed wins on Sunday.

The Group I encounter resumed in the 21st minute on Sunday with Vida scoring 16 minutes from the end.

But a minute after that, Lukaku rose highest to head a Thomas Meunier cross into the back of the net and secure top spot in their group to make Belgium the first UEFA team besides the hosts to book a spot in Russian Federation.

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