9/7/2016 1:03:45 AM

France get off to a poor start

France get off to a poor start

France got their World Cup qualifying campaign off to a poor start as they were held to a goalless draw in Belarus in Group A on Tuesday.

France, runners-up at this year's European Championship, dominated the match but could find no way through with Olivier Giroud wasting their best opportunities.

Giroud pulled an effort wide when through on goal early in the second half and rattled the crossbar with a header.

In the group's other games, Sweden and the Netherlands drew 1-1 while Bulgaria came out on top 4-3 in a seven-goal thriller against Luxembourg.

COLLATED RESULTS

Group A

At Solna, Sweden

Sweden 1 (Berg 43) Netherlands 1 (Sneijder 67)

At Sofia

Bulgaria 4 (Rangelov 16, Marcelinho 65, Popov 79, Tonev 90+2) Luxembourg 3 (Joachim 60, 62, Bohnert 90+1)

At Borisov, Belarus

Belarus 0 France 0

Group B

At Basel, Switzerland

Switzerland 2 (Embolo 23, Mehmedi 30) Portugal 0

At Torshavn

Faroe Islands 0 Hungary 0

At Andorra La Vella

Andorra 0 Latvia 1 (Sabala 48)

Group G

At Shkoder, Albania

Albania 2 (Sadiku 9, Bala 89) Macedonia 1 (Alioski 51) - final 14 minutes played on Tuesday after game stopped on 76 minutes on Monday due to torrential rain

Group H

At Nicosia

Cyprus 0 Belgium 3 (Romelu Lukaku 13, 61, Carrasco 81)

At Zenica, Bosnia and Herzegovina

Bosnia and Herzegovina 5 (Spahic 7, 90+2, Dzeko 23-pen, Medunjanin 71, Ibisevic 83) Estonia 0

At Faro, Portugal

Gibraltar 1 (Walker 26) Greece 4 (Mitroglou 10, Wiseman 44-og, Fortounis 45, Torosidis 45+1)

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