Netherlands qualify for World Cup

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Steven Bergwijn and Memphis Depay have scored late as the Netherlands secured their qualification for next year's World Cup with a 2-0 home victory over Norway.

The Dutch return to the finals after missing out on the 2018 tournament in Russia, but with little conviction after limping through their last two qualifiers.

They had been eight minutes from securing early qualification on Saturday before giving up two goals to draw in Montenegro but Tuesday's victory in an empty stadium due to COVID-19 restrictions was enough to win Group G.

Bergwijn broke the stalemate in a cagey match in the 84th minute, running onto a pass by Arnaut Danjuma and smashing a powerful shot past Orjan Nyland.

In stoppage time, Bergwijn surged forward and laid off a pass for Depay to seal the victory with a shot from a tight angle.

The Netherlands finished with 23 points from 10 games, two more than Turkey, who won 2-1 away to Montenegro to secure a play-off spot.

Norway ended third in the group with 18 points.

In Cardiff, Wales held Belgium to a 1-1 draw to guarantee themselves runners-up spot behind the world's top-ranked nation in Group E.

Kieffer Moore cancelled out Kevin de Bruyne's early opener to earn the Welsh the point they required to stay in front of the Czech Republic, who beat Estonia 2-0.

Despite having already assured themselves of a place in the playoffs next March courtesy of their Nations League results, finishing second in the group means Wales could enjoy a more favourable play-off semi-final draw.

Belgium, who won the group with 20 points, appeared content to maintain their long unbeaten run in World Cup qualifiers which now stretches to 28 games.

Wales are trying to qualify for the World Cup finals for the first time since 1958.

Meanwhile, Karim Benzema and Kylian Mbappe were on target again in a sharp second-half performance as already qualified France completed their qualifying campaign with a 2-0 away win against Finland.

The French attack stuttered until Benzema came on as a second-half substitute and Mbappe set him up for the opener.

Mbappe then scored France's second as the world champions finished Group D with 18 points from eight games.

Finland, who were hoping to secure a play-off spot, ended up third, behind Ukraine who beat Bosnia and Herzegovina 2-0 away to take second place.

The 12 countries in the playoffs will play next March in three four-team brackets, with the seeded teams getting a home game in the bracket semi-finals.

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