Belgium defeat Greece 2-1, qualify for World Cup, France suffer setback

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Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku in action with Greece’s Kostas Manolas (L) and Zeca. (Reuters Photo)
Belgium’s Romelu Lukaku in action with Greece’s Kostas Manolas (L) and Zeca. (Reuters Photo)

Belgium became the first European side to qualify for World Cup 2018 after beating Greece 2-1 to top Group H, while France suffered a setback on the road to Russia.

Romelu Lukaku's 75th minute winner earned Belgium victory in Piraeus and passage to next summer's tournament, leaving Greece battling Bosnia for a play-off spot.

Bosnia and Herzegovina thrashed Gibraltar 4-0 in the other Group H game, moving into second place ahead of Greece.

The French failed to break through in a 0-0 with minnows Luxembourg in Toulouse to move top of Group A but only by one point.

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

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