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Dutch World Cup Dream Dashed Despite Robben's Heroics

2018 World Cup Qualifier Report: Netherlands v Sweden 10 October 2017

By SL International - Oct 10, 2017 10:53 PM

2018 World Cup Qualifier

Result: Netherlands 2-0 Sweden

Date: 10 October 2017

Venue: Amsterdam ArenA

The Netherlands missed out on a play-off spot, despite securing a 2-0 win over Sweden in their final 2018 World Cup qualifier.

The Swedes finished second in the group with a better goal difference and will now compete in the play-offs.

The home side took the lead in the 16th minute after they were awarded a penalty for a hand-ball inside the area. Arjen Robben stepped up and made it 1-0 from 12 yards.

Dick Advocaat's men had the momentum after half-an-hour with the Swedes playing with a lot of bodies behind the ball.

However, Robben scored his and the hosts' second goal in the 40th minute after latching onto a pass and hitting a first time into the top corner, 2-0.

The score remained 2-0 to the home side at the halftime break.

The Dutch had the upper hand after the hour-mark but their final ball let them down on a couple of occasions.

After 75 minutes, Advocaat's charges lacked the sense of urgency as reality started to sink in that they won't be able to score another five goals in the remaining minutes in order to qualify for a play-off spot.

The hosts needed to pip the Swedes on goal difference to have any chance of reaching the World Cup, by winning by seven goals.

In the end, the Dutch failed to add to their two-goal lead in the closing stages, and had to settle for a third-place finish.

 


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fanist Joined: 20 May 2016
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fanist Oct 11, 2017 07:36 AM
Eish I would have love to c Mr Robben in next year's world cup
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MR E Oct 11, 2017 12:45 AM
Unlucky to the orange!
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Melizwe17@K4L Oct 10, 2017 11:21 PM
Robben has retired from international football
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Legends
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Prince Paul Oct 10, 2017 10:27 PM
Robben
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4 more Holland
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jujunation4lyf Oct 10, 2017 09:53 PM
5 more
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jujunation4lyf Oct 10, 2017 09:53 PM
Come on robben
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knowledge de lima Oct 10, 2017 09:51 PM
Robben is on fire
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Melizwe17@K4L Oct 10, 2017 09:45 PM
I feel sorry 4 Netherlands, 5goals to go boys
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shadae Oct 10, 2017 09:43 PM
7-0 dt u must score n qualify
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Gazankulu26 Oct 10, 2017 09:29 PM
Seven goals here it is again
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Robben
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@El Professor Oct 10, 2017 09:21 PM
Aibo wt happened to van persie whr is he myb dats why the Ducthies ar struggling
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Simelane42 Oct 10, 2017 07:54 PM
a win for Dutch

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