Ola Toivonen took advantage of a Hugo Lloris error to score an injury-time winner from inside his own half of the field as Sweden beat France in their World Cup qualifier in Stockholm.
Toulouse midfielder collected a weak clearance from Lloris, near the median line and clinically lifted the ball into the unprotected net to earn a 2-1 victory that leaves Sweden top of Group A in the qualification phase for the next World Cup in Russia.
France, who are in second place in Sweden on goal difference, took the lead through Olivier Giroud’s superb left-foot volley after 37 minutes, only for Jimmy Durmaz to equalize for Sweden just before half-time.
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Holland moved to within three points of top two with a 5-0 win over Luxembourg in Rotterdam. Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder gave the hosts a lead 2-0 at half-time, with Liverpool, the coefficient of Gini Wijnaldum and Tottenham, Vincent Janssen on the target in the second half. Bulgaria has lost ground in the race for first place, falling to fourth place in the group after losing 2-1 in Belarus.
In Group B Marc Rebes of the ” first-half header earned Andorra their first competitive victory since 2004, they beat Hungary 1-0. The small nation of the first qualifying success since a 1-0 win against Macedonia 13 years ago was also a humiliating setback for the visitors, who topped their group at last summer’s european Championship, but are now eight points adrift of second place Portugal.
Andorra midfielder Marc Rebes (centre, N Â° 4) celebrates his goal against Hungary. Photo: Pascal Pavani/AFP/Getty Images
Cristiano Ronaldo scored twice for the Euro 2016 winners that they have won 3-0 in Latvia to maintain their pursuit of the Group B, the leaders of the Swiss. The goals of Arsenal, Granit Xhaka and Stoke City Xherdan Shaqiri earned Switzerland a 2-0 victory against the Faroe Islands, extending their 100 per cent start in qualifying for six games.
In the H Group Dries Mertens and Nacer Chadli were on target for Belgium as they won 2-0 in Estonia. Mertens opened the scoring after half an hour, turning the ball home after Mihkel Aksalu had overthrown Kevin de Bruyne from the right side of the cross. The hosts have Artjom Dmitrijev kicked out just before half-time with a score of 1-0. Moreover, Gibraltar has been denied a first point of the qualification at Pieros Sotiriou scored the winning goal for Cyprus in the 87th minute.
Belgium now lead their group by four points from Greece, who drew 0-0 with Bosnia-Herzegovina. The Bosnia forward Edin Dzeko and Roma team-mate Konstantinos Manolas have been involved in an altercation after the final whistle following a bad-tempered contest in Zenica.