France and Portugal reach Brazil

France and Portugal both narrowly won their playoff matches to qualify for the World Cup in Brazil next year.

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Ecstasy for France and Portugal with Brazil ticket won

Fans and players from France and Portugal were ecstatic after memorable victories over Ukraine and Sweden respectively saw them qualify through playoffs for the World Cup in Brazil next year.

France's coach Didier Deschamps (R) and team mates celebrate after the final whistle. Credit: Reuters
France fans celebrate with their country's flag near the Arc de Triomphe on the Champs Elysees in Paris. Credit: Reuters
Portugal players celebrate after the conclusion of their match in Sweden. Credit: Reuters

Ronaldo hat-trick puts Portugal through to World Cup

Cristiano Ronaldo's three goals put Portugal through to the World Cup finals for the fourth successive time Credit: PA

A hat-trick from Cristiano Ronaldo has put Portugal through to the World Cup finals at the expense of Sweden.

Portugal won an exciting match 3-2 on the night and 4-2 on aggregate.

Karim Benzema (number 10) celebrates after putting France level on aggregate against Ukraine Credit: Reuters

France came from behind to qualify against Ukraine.

They were trailing 2-0 after the first leg and drew level after goals from Mamadou Sakho and Karim Benzema.

And they went through 3-2 on aggregate after an own goal from Ukraine defender Oleg Gusev in the 74th minute.

In the other play-off results tonight:

Greece drew 1-1 with Romania to qualify 4-2 on aggregate.

And Croatia beat Iceland 2-0 tonight to qualify 2-0 on aggregate.

For full reaction go to ITV Sport.


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