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World Cup 2018: France and Portugal through

European champions Portugal have eventually qualified for the 2018 World Cup following a 2-0 victory over Switzerland in Lisbon.

The win took Portugal at the top of European Qualifying Group B leapfrogging Switzerland who needed a draw to qualify.

Own goals from Johan Djourou put the host ahead after 41 minutes and low strike in the second half from Andre Silva ensures Portuguese a place in Russia for the June-July global football competition.

Switzerland will now try their luck in play-offs.

In Paris, the home side, France beat Belarus 2-1 to win Group A and qualify for the World Cup while Sweden finished second despite losing 2-0 to the Netherlands.

While Netherlands have been eliminated Swedens hope for the World Cup are still alive and will participate in the play-offs.

Bayern Munich winger, Arjen Robben scored both goals in the first half but the Netherlands failed to five more to nudge off Sweden for the play-offs.

In Group H, Greece ensured their place in the play-offs with a 4-0 win over Gibraltar.

The European teams qualified for the World Cup so far are France, Portugal, Germany, Serbia, Poland, England, Spain, Belgium and Iceland.

There are four more European places up for grabs, with eight nations - Sweden, Switzerland, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Denmark, Italy, Greece and Croatia - taking part in two-legged play-offs.

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