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Portugal, France and Greece through to World Cup finals

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Portugal, France and Greece through to World Cup finals

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Real Madrid striker Cristiano Ronaldo scored a hat trick to hand Portugal a thrilling 3-2 win against Sweden in Stockholm and a place in next summer’s World Cup in Brazil.

Greece also progressed after holding Romania to a 1-1 draw in the second leg of their play-off while France thumped Ukraine 3-0 at the Stade de France in Paris.

In the other games, Ghana secured a third successive World Cup finals appearance despite being beaten by Egypt in Cairo while Algeria edged out Burkina Faso 1-0 in their second leg clash to qualify on away goals after a 3-3 aggregate draw.