The Netherlands beat Belarus 3-1 in Minsk to close the gap to Sweden to three points, but the resounding 8-0 win of the Swedes over Luxembourg just before kick-off in Belarus has left the Dutch practically without any chances of finishing second.
The Netherlands are hosting Sweden on Tuesday, and to finish second they need to beat their guests by a ridiculous seven goals. Does Arjen Robben think it’s possible?
After Sweden’s result you can’t do anything else other than play with your chest out, but an 8-0 win in Belarus was not going to happen. And a 7-0 win at home to Sweden isn’t going to happen
the Oranje captain told ONS, looking very-very disappointed.
This hurts. It is unfortunately part of the sport. When you hear Sweden won 8-0, that’s a big blow. In the first half we did not have many opportunities
Robben said, implying that the shocking news from Sweden affected his team, who felt that their task in Minsk was just… too much.
Interestingly, Dick Advocaat, avoided ruling out the miracle that the Netherlands now need to finish second.
The reality is that it will be very difficult, but it’s not over yet. We have to play another game. It is possible
the Dutch coach said. It remains to be seen if any of his players will agree with him…