There's just no stopping record-breaking Ronaldo
In netting against Hungary, Cristiano Ronaldo moved his season's tally to a remarkable 35 goals for club and country. In mid-March, his record is simply unbelievable - and yet it is also entirely predictable. The stats tumbled in as Ronaldo netted a stunning brace - many of which seemed almost impossible. There is just no stopping the Real Madrid forward, who is always as fired up and passionate for qualifiers as he is at major tournaments, his motivation and production seemingly never wavering.
Portugal's talisman seems to break records and chalk up landmarks at will nowadays. This brace saw him move fourth in the list of all-time (European) scorers in international football. He's just one behind Miroslav Klose and five behind Sandor Kocsis. Ferenc Puskas is still way clear of the pack with 84 - but Ronaldo is only 32 and could conceivably play for his country for years to come. It's a tall order, but when you're as good as the Real Madrid star, it could yet become a reality. Watch this space...
Netherlands in big trouble
The 3-1 win over Luxembourg in November kept Netherlands in second place behind Group A leaders France, but with Sweden in ominously-good form, Danny Blind’s side needed to win in Sofia to keep control of the potential playoff spot and maintain any hopes of finishing top. They failed.
Spas Delev's first-half brace quickly put Blind's men on the back foot at the Vasil Levski Stadion and it made for another miserable night for Dutch football as Sweden produced a fine performance in swatting aside Belarus 4-0 in emphatic fashion. The result for the Dutch was that Sweden and France assumed commanding positions at the top of the group with qualification seeming all the more difficult.
What France need is painfully clear: a leader
France are struggling without a leader. At the Euros, they had Paul Pogba out of position, and against Luxembourg he was suspended. They had Dimitri Payet who used to be brilliant, but now plays as if he is just happy to be away from West Ham. Patrice Evra is not going to be around for the 2018 World Cup, the closest leader to Churchill that France has ever produced.
Read the full article on eurosport.co.uk: 5 Truths: Ronaldo is simply unstoppable; Netherlands in big trouble