The 18-year-old sensation Kylian Mbappe made his international debut for France in a 3-1 victory over Luxembourg, while Cristiano Ronaldo scored a brace to earn Portugal a 3-0 home win against Hungary in the 2018 World Cup European qualifiers….reports Asian Lite News

Cristiano Ronaldo(L) of Portugal vies with Zoltan Gera of Hungary during the FIFA World Cup 2018 Qualifiers Group B match between Portugal and Hungary at the Luz stadium in Lisbon, Portugal (Xinhua/Zhang Liyun)(wll)

Mbappe came from the bench for Dimitri Payet in the 78th minute on Saturday, one minute after Olivier Giroud scored his second goal of the match with a header from Benjamin Mendy’s cross, reports Xinhua news agency.

The Arsenal striker opened the deadlock with a low shot for Les Bleus before the half-hour mark.

The hosts tied the game on 34th minute, thanks to Aurelien Joachim’s penalty, before Atletico Madrid forward Antoine Griezmann pushed France up again in the same style.

France led Group A with four wins and one draw from five games, owning a three-point margin over Sweden, who crushed Belarus 4-0.

The Netherlands were shocked by Bulgaria 2-0, and were subject to the fourth position. Bulgaria moved up to third on nine points.

In Group B, skipper Ronaldo found the net in the 36th and 65th minutes. The Portuguese superstar has tallied 70 goals so far in international competitions. Andre Silva opened the host’s scoring account in the 32nd minute.

Portugal were three points behind leaders Switzerland, who tasted five wins from five matches after edging past Latvia 1-0.

With a goalless draw against Faroe Islands, Andorra snapped their 58-game losing streak in competitive matches, also clinching their first point in the qualifiers.

Group H leaders Belgium took on striker Lukaku’s goal in the 89th minute to finish a 1-1 draw with nine-men Greece, who still trailed by two points on second place.

In other two matches, Bosnia-Herzegovina thrashed minnows Gibraltar 5-0, and Cyprus drew 0-0 with Estonia.



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