Greece 1 Belgium 2

Greece 1 Belgium 2

Greece 1 Belgium 2

Thibaut Courtois starred as Belgian qualified for next summer's World Cup with a hard-fought victory in Greece, but elsewhere France were surprisingly held to a goalless draw by Luxembourg.

Belgium had taken the lead through Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen in the 70th minute, but Gonçalves Rodrigues equalised for Greece soon after. And then, 3 minutes later, Greek midfielder Zeca netted the ball on a pinpoint cross, to level the match at 1 goal apiece.

Greece equalised through Zeca within three minutes, but the home side's celebrations were cut short when Lukaku headed in Thomas Meunier's cross nearly immediately for what turned out to be the victor.

The Manchester United striker ensured Belgium a lead in the second half of the match to book a place in the 2018 World Cup in Russian Federation. They travel to Bulgaria in their next qualifier before finishing their group stage campaign at home to Belarus.

It is the first time France have failed to win against Luxembourg since 1914 and the only consolation for the French is that they remain a point clear of Sweden at the top of Group A with two games remaining.

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Brazil became the first team to qualify, followed by Iran, while Russian Federation gain an automatic spot as hosts.

Two goals from Edin Dzeko helped the Bosnians beat Gibraltar 4-0 to leapfrog Greece into second place.

In the final round of worldwide games next month, Belgium are away to Bosnia and at home to Cyprus.

Estonia is fifth with eight points while last-place Gibraltar has lost all eight matches.

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