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Belgium seal World Cup place, France held by Luxembourg

Belgium seal World Cup place, France held by Luxembourg

Paris: Romelu Lukaku's goal allowed Belgium to become the first European nation to clinch qualification for the 2018 World Cup on Sunday as much-fancied France were held to an embarrassing goalless draw by Luxembourg.

Manchester United striker Lukaku headed in a Thomas Meunier cross in the 74th minute in Piraeus for the decisive goal in a 2-1 Belgium win that guaranteed them top spot in European qualifying Group H.
All the goals came in a frantic five-minute spell, with a low drive by Tottenham Hotspur defender Jan Vertonghen putting Roberto Martinez's side ahead in the 70th minute.
Midfielder Zeca equalised for Greece only for Lukaku to grab the decisive goal — his 10th in seven qualifiers — a minute later. With just two matches left, Belgium enjoy an unassailable eight-point lead over second-placed Bosnia and Herzegovina, for whom Edin Dzeko netted twice in a 4-0 win over Gibraltar.

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