World Cup favorite France ensured its place in an eleventh consecutive main event after cementing Group A honours Tuesday with a victory over Belarus.

Runner-up Sweden is off to the play-offs after avoiding catastrophe towards the Netherlands in Amsterdam, whereas the Dutch miss out the quadrennial contest two years after failing to safe a Euro 2016 berth.

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Les Bleus began the competition towards Belarus on the Stade de France on the entrance foot. Didier Deschamps’ lot was set to take a two-aim benefit to the break because of tallies from Antoine Griezmann and Olivier Giroud earlier than Anton Saroka‘s forty fourth-minute diagonal run by means of the penalty space and one-contact end received the higher of Hugo Lloris to chop the lead in half.

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Heading into Tuesday’s festivities, France was assured to prime Group A with a win, although a draw towards Belarus and a victory by the Swedes would have bumped the Euro 2016 finalist to second. Dutch winger Arjen Robben‘s first-half double towards the Scandinavians ensured that permutation wasn’t to be, however the Netherlands’ World Cup hopes have been dashed regardless of the two-zero win.

The end in Amsterdam turned a moot level as Les Bleus noticed out the two-1 end result within the French capital, and regardless of a qualifying marketing campaign that had its hiccups, they may head to Russia as one of many World Cup favourites.

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Group runner-up Sweden will now look ahead to the play-offs draw on Oct. 17.

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