Will Holland qualify for the World Cup if they beat Sweden?

Sheri Evans
October 13, 2017

Portugal, meanwhile, beat Switzerland 2-0 to claim outright victory in Group B. Switzerland will have to contest a playoff to make the summer journey to Russian Federation.

However, the Netherlands had gone into the fixture needing a miraculous 7-0 win to survive.

Switzerland will now enter a playoff over two legs with another European group runner-up in November for a place at Russian Federation 2018.

The teams France and Belarus of Group A face against each other today in the UEFA World Cup Qualifying.

Griezmann opened the scoring and then set up Olivier Giroud before the break while Belarus reduced the arrears on the stroke of halftime through Anton Saroka.

But Netherlands, also in Group A, must beat Sweden with a huge goal difference swing to steal second place and a play-off spot.

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Arjen Robben drew first blood for Holland with a 16th minute penalty before netting his second 24 minutes later.

Netherlands reached the 2010 World Cup final and the 2014 semi-finals and then failed to reach last year's European Championship.

Whoever misses out on top spot is guaranteed a place in the play-offs.

Striker Kostas Mitroglou scored twice in three minutes just after the hour and substitute Giannis Gianniotas claimed the fourth in the 78th minute.

And emphatically rounding off an imperious qualification campaign, nine points ahead of the Greeks, was Belgium, who eased past Cyprus with goals from Eden and Thorgan Hazard, and of course Romelu Lukaku.

In the battle for Group B's third place, Hungary narrowly defeated a dogged Faroe Islands side, whose ten points was an admirable total in a table dominated by two sides.

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