France wins, Scotland loses, Italy watches
While Italy was hosting South Africa in a friendly match in Siena this evening, they were also watching the scoreboard for news on their two main rivals for the top spots in Group B qualifiers.
In Nantes, France, Thierry Henry broke Michel Platini's all-time goal mark for France when he netted a pair of goals in their 2-0 victory over Lithuania.
Henry scored at the 79th and 80th minute marks to give him a total of 43 goals for his career. Platini scored 41 goals in his time with France which spanned from 1976 to 1987. He is now the head of European soccer's governing body, UEFA.
This victory allowed France to take possession of first place in Group B with 25 points.
Henry surpasses Platini
In other action, previous group leader Scotland was upset by Georgia 2-0 in Tblisi. It was only Georgia's third win in 11 tries in the tournament.
Scots tripped up in Georgia
This result leaves Scotland in second place with 24 points, one behind group leader France at 25 and only one point ahead of Italy at 23. Scotland will host Italy in a match in Glasgow on November 17 which will likely decide the tournament fate for both. France takes on Ukraine on November 21st.