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Sneijder Rescues Struggling Netherlands

2018 World Cup Qualifier

Result: Sweden 1-1 Netherlands 

Date: 06 September 2016

Venue:  Friends Arena

Wesley Sneijder's second-half strike helped the Netherlands clinch a point, as they drew 1-1 with Sweden in their 2018 World Cup qualifier. 

The Dutch got off to a promising start and should have been in front after 14 minutes, but Davy Klaassen failed to beat Robin Olsen from point-blank range.

The Swedes should have had a goal of their own a few moments later, but Jeroen Zoet was on hand with a superb low save to keep out Emil Forsberg's effort from 25-yards out.

Despite the visitors seeing more of the ball, Sweden broke the deadlock after 43 minutes as Kevin Strootman was dispossessed by Marcus Berg, who sent a delightful chip over Zoet.

The Netherlands struggled after the break and nearly saw the hosts double their advantage, but Virgil Van Dijk popped up with a block to deny Berg a certain goal from point-blank range.

However, Danny Blind's charges leveled matters in the 67th minute when Sneijder slotted home from close range, after Daryl Janmaat's initial strike was saved.

The visitors pushed for a winner in the closing stages and should have taken the lead after 85 minutes but Vincent Janssen failed to beat Olsen in a one-on-one situation.

The Dutch had the ball in the back of the net in stoppage time thanks to Bas Dost's header, however the goal was ruled for a foul in the build-up.

That proved to be the final chance of the game, as both nations were forced to earn a share of the spoils.


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