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Top 5 European goal-scorers in 2018 World Cup qualifiers

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Preliminary Draw of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia

With just a couple of fixtures remaining for each team in their bid to qualify for next year's World Cup in Russia, the European qualifiers are heating up, with many teams still fighting for a place in the world football's biggest showpiece event. 

Belgium aside from Russia as hosts is the only European team to have confirmed their spot in next year's tournament. Brazil has maintained their record of qualifying for every World Cup, with Asian countries such as Iran, Japan, South Korea and Saudi Arabia also joining the five-time South American world champions to compete for the 2018 World Cup. 

Big European teams have enjoyed fruitful outings against the smaller nations with a number of goals being scored in the process.

However, this qualifying campaign has also seen its fair share of upsets as well with some spellbinding goals and performances from teams across Europe.

Here we take a look at the top five European goal scorers in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers. 

#5 Andre Silva

Andre Silva in action
Andre Silva in action

Portuguese and AC Milan striker, Andre Silva has slotted into the national team's starting eleven seamlessly following the country's triumph at Euro 2016. Silva has guaranteed his position with some brilliant team performances as well as individual displays making him manager Fernando Santos first-choice striker to partner captain Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Silva has scored 7 goals and in Portugal's run of eight games and like Ronaldo, has scored in every one of Portugal's qualifiers except the opener against Switzerland. Portugal will face Switzerland at home in their final game which could decide top spot, but Silva and co will travel to Andorra to keep the pressure on Switzerland.  

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