Amsterdam ArenA
World Cup Qualification UEFA • Group A
  • 2nd Half
  • Netherlands
  • Sweden
  • LarssonOlsson
  • ToivonenThelin
  • TeteJanmaat
  • WijnaldumKlaassen
  • ClaessonSvensson
  • Lustig
  • 1/2 Time
  • Netherlands
  • Sweden
  • JanssenDost
  • 1st Half
  • Netherlands
  • Sweden
  • Blind
  • Robben
  • Robben (P)

Netherlands - Sweden
World Cup Qualification UEFA - 10 October 2017

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It's all over. The Netherlands will not advance to Russia next summer and Sweden have confirmed a place in the play-offs. Robben was the star of the show, in what may prove to be his final international outing.


The crowd chant Robben's name and he gets a standing ovation. Robben claps the crowd with approval.


Thelin works hard as he breaks into the Dutch along by the touchline. He plays a ball across goal but no one is there to meet it.


CHANCE: Robben picks up the ball in the area and charges in from the right. His left-footed shot is saved by Olsen. The crowd roars with approval for their captain.


Blind is also limping. Jose Mourinho will not be pleased.


Robben was limping as he walked away from that free kick. Perhaps that was his last meaningful moment in a Holland shirt.


Robben wins a free kick on the right after Thelin brings him down. Dost connects as the ball swings in but he puts it in the stands.


Ake crosses and Olsen collects. A sequence of events we have seen a lot tonight.


Not a lot to report as both teams go through the motions. Sweden have offered very little tonight.


SUB: Martin Olsson comes on for Larsson, who has picked up a knock.




CHANCE: Vilhena heads to Dost on the edge of the area, who volleys low. His shot goes several yards wide.


SUB: Thelin replaces Toivonen.


Holland are casually knocking it around their back line when they really ought to be pressing forward. The urgency they showed in the first half has dissipated.


Another Ake cross finds Dost, but Sweden win a free kick after a tussle in the area.


Ake swings in a cross but Granqvist clears with authority.


SUB: Klaasen replaces Wijnaldum and Janmaat comes in for Tete.


CHANCE: Blind very sloppily loses possession in the back. After stealing the ball, Berg blazes over the crossbar.


It's been a positive 10 minutes for Sweden. They haven't created much in the opposition box, but they have maintained possession and kept the Dutch at bay.


SUB: Gustav Svensson replaces Claesson.


Berg is penalised for shoving Ake to the floor. The Swede seems frustrated that the visitors' attempts to attack are amounting to nothing.


Larssen attempts to lay the ball off for Toivonen on the edge of the area, but the ball trickles out. Sweden look disjointed up front.


CHANCE: Dost heads down into Wijnaldum's path. The Liverpool man volleys at goal but Olsen saves.


The crowd seem quieter in the second half. Perhaps the difficulty of scoring five goals with around half an hour remaining is sinking in.


Lustig swings in a cross but Tete clears. Sweden have had very little threat in the box.


Lustig is booked for time wasting while taking a throw-in. He'll miss the first leg of the play-offs, should Sweden make them.


Ake concedes a free kick for climbing on Claesson while trying to win a header. Dick Advocaat is not happy.


The Dutch pass dangerously around the edge of the area. Ake swings in a cross that's put out for a corner. Dost fails to connect when it swings in.


The Dutch have had more than two thirds of the possession. They simply need to do more with it.


Larsson swings in a free kick but the linesman calls for offside before Berg can create something meaningful.


A half-time substitution to report: Bas Dost has replaced Janssen.


Wijnaldum closes in on goal flanked by defenders, but Olsen comes out to collect. The Swedish goalkeeper is having a very good game so far.


The second half begins and Holland immediately take back possession. They'r epicking up where they left off.


Olsen launches the ball down field as the ref blows up for half time. Robben is the star of the show so far - and Holland certainly look like they have more goals in them. Whether Sweden will allow another five breaches is another question.


Holland push forward again and look dangerous, but Robben's pass to Tete on the right goes out of play.


Watching a replay of Janssen's chance, he really should have done better. He failed to reach Wijnaldum's perfectly weighted pass.


Blind puts his studs on Berg's shin and the Swede requires treatment. It didn't look malicious.


CHANCE: The Swedish defence falls asleep as Wijnaldum feeds a ball to Janssen. The striker is clean through on goal but Olsen comes off his line to bail the visitors out.


That's Robben's sixth goal in seven qualifiers. He is Holland's top scorer.


The atmosphere is building in the Amsterdam ArenA. Holland have had plenty of chances to score in the last 10 minutes. Can they actually do this?


GOAL: Babel runs down the left flank again and picks out Robben on the edge of the area. The Bayern star hits it first time into the far-right corner. An absolutely superb finish.


CHANCE: Babel cuts in from the left and shoots hard from the edge of the box. Olsen bats the ball to Janssen, who can't convert with his follow-up.


CHANCE: Babel delivers a cross along the floor in front of Sweden's goal straight into the path of Tete. He has most of the goal to aim at from six yards but puts the ball into the stands. A wasted chance.


CHANCE: Augustinsson swings a cross onto Berg's head, and the ball loops towards goal. Ake clears the danger, but not before tangling with his own 'keeper. Berg looks frsutrated as he should have done better.


Reminder: Holland need six more unanswered goals to make it to Russia next summer.


Ake and Berg clash heads and the Swede comes off much worse. He eventually gets back to his feet.


Babel takes the free kick low, and it sails inches wide of the right post.


Larsson puts a strong challenge on Robben around 35 yards from goal. Free kick.


Vilhena puts in a dangerous cross but Olsen dives to collect. A lot of Holland's play is coming through the left flank, particularly via Ake.


CHANCE: Ake swings in a cross to Janssen, whose volley is blocked by Lindelof.


Granqvist brings down Robben around 40 yards in goal and a free kick is awarded. The ball falls to Wijnaldum with only the 'keeper to beat, but he takes to long and the ball is put out for a corner.


Forsberg has a long shot that's deflected for a corner. Augustinsson's outswinger is cleared.


On that last free kick, Holland let three Swedish attackers in behind the defence. This kind of defending might be why they are in such trouble.


Larssen takes a free kick around 35 yards out. He finds Berg, who heads straight to Cillessen.


Blind hoofs a long ball right into Babel's path in the box, but Olsen comes to extinguish the danger. ROute one stuff.


Lustig puts in a dangerous cross but Cillessen collects. Sweden were starting to get into the game before the penalty.


Apparently the bookies were offering around 500-1 for a 7-0 result before kick-off...


Lindelof, who has yet to be given a chance at Manchester United, will lament giving away such an unnecessary penalty.


GOAL: Robben coverts his fifth goal of qualifying chipping his penalty low down the middle. Olsen gets a foot to it and nearly saves - Robben is lucky to have scored with a risky technique.


PENALTY! Lindelöf kicks a clearance into his own hand. It didn't look deliberate.


Toivonen breaks and creates a two vs. two situation, but his pass to Berg goes wayward.


Ake swings in another cross which lands at Tete's feet. His deflected shot falls to Robben, who heads over the bar.


It's a positive start from the Dutch. Ake attempts to put a dangerous ball in the area but it's deflected away.


Tete attempts a volley on the edge of the area but is blocked. The ball falls to Robben, who cuts in on his left foot (surprise!) and has a shot from distance. Olsen easily collects.


Janssen receives a long ball on the edge of the area in classic target man style, but he is ruled offside.


Vilhena tackles Larsson from behind to concede a foul around the half-way line. It's hoofed towards the box but Holland deal with the danger.


Robben tries to win the ball from Seb Larsson in the centre circle but ends up on his backside, nowhere near the ball. Oh dear.


Sweden try to attack down the right flank but Claesson lets the ball trickle out of play.


Toivonen wins a free kick around 35 yards from the Dutch goal. Augustinsson swings it in but Granqvist's header is ruled offside.


The Dutch hold possession for the entire first minute, but the first time they try and push forward, they give it away.


Robben's tearful anthem moment. Will this be his final game in an orange shirt?


Russian referee and Jonjo Shelvey lookalike Sergei Karasev starts proceedings! Holland kick off.


Robben appears to have a tear in his eye as the Dutch anthem plays. Kick-off is imminent.


These two sides have met on 24 previous occasions. Holland have 10 wins to Sweden's eight.


Looking for a likely first goalscorer? Berg has scored six times in Sweden's last three qualifiers.


It's a packed house at the Amsterdam ArenA (yes, the last 'A' is capitalised). There's a dramatic smoke and lights show erupting as the players emerge. It is not as subdued and low key as one might expect, given the circumstances.


Sweden and Holland opened their respective 2018 qualification campaigns with a 1-1 draw in Solna last September. Wesley Sneijder cancelled out a Marcus Berg opener, and the DUtch may have taken three points were a late Bas Dost header not ruled out.


Sweden haven't lost by more than three goals in this millennium and their heaviest defeat predates, er, Taylor Swift: it was a 6-0 shellacking in Denmark in June 1989. The Swedes' heaviest defeat was a 12-1 loss to Great Britain in the 1908 Olympics.


The Netherlands have won a competitive game by seven clear goals in the relatively recent past: they beat Hungary 8-1 in a Euro Qualifier in Amsterdam in October 2013. Three years earlier, at the same venue as tonight's festivities, they beat Sweden 4-1 in another Euro Qualifier. Both games, however, featured significantly stronger Dutch sides.


It's a fairly tall order for Holland to score seven goals tonight, seeing as that's the total their opponents have conceded in the entire campaign thus far. Arjen Robben, who is his nation's top scorer in qualifying with four goals, knows his orange-clad brethren need a miracle in Amsterdam tonight:


Permutations time: Sweden can finish top of UEFA qualifying Group A if they manage to better France's result against Belarus.

The real battle, however, is for the second-place spot that offers a place in the playoffs. Thanks to Sweden's 8-0 rout of Luxembourg a few days ago, Holland need to win by seven (SEVEN) clear goals to qualify ahead of their opponents.


NETHERLANDS: Cillessen; Tete, Van Dijk, Rekik, Aké, Vilhena, Blind, Robben, Wijnaldum, Babel; Janssen. Subs: Vetlman, Klaassen, Hoedt, de Ligt, Depay, Stekelenburg, Dost, Janmaat, Zoet, van Ginkel, van de Beek. /// SWEDEN: Olsen, Lustig, Lindelöf, Granqivst, Augustinsson, Claesson, Johansson, Larsson, Forsberg, Toivonen, Berg. Subs: Johnsson, Helander, Thelin, Holmen, Rohden, Olsson, Krafth, Svensson, Ekdal, Guidetti, Nordfeldt, Sema.


In The Mighty Zlatan's absence, Andreas Granqvist captains the visitors, who appear to be lining up in a 4-4-2. Toulouse's Ola Toivonen and Al Ain's Marcus Berg lead the line.


Arjen Robben captains the home side and will be joined by Vincent Janssen and Ryan Babel in the front line of Dick Advoccat's 4-3-3. Davy Pröpper is unavailable with a thigh injury, while Memphis Depay, Dayrl Janmaat and Bas Dost all start on the sidelines.


Hello and welcome to Eurosport's live commentary from the World Cup Qualifier between the Netherlands and Sweden. This is Ryan Bailey (@ryanjaybailey) taking you through all the action from the Amsterdam ArenA.