Dirk Advocaat’s men trail Sweden by three points with both sides facing each other on Tuesday, though the Scandinavian side have a hugely superior goal difference
HOLLAND’S dreams of competing in the World Cup next summer have been left in tatters after Sweden romped to a 8-0 victory over Luxembourg.
The Netherlands – who beat Belarus 3-1- are three points behind the Scandinavian country with just one match to play, but have an inferior goal difference of a whopping 12 goals.
Dick Advocaat’s men know they must beat Sweden by more than six goals if they are to qualify for Russia next year.
Sweden – currently second in Group A – are just a point behind France after their 1-0 win over Bulgaria tonight.
Didier Deschamps’ side have guaranteed at least a play-off spot after Blaise Matuidi’s solitary goal won the game at the Vasil Levski National Stadium.
Their win means that the Dutch national team cannot leapfrog France in the group, and know they must thrash Sweden next week, though their chances of qualifying are slim at best.
Andreas Granqvist was on the score sheet for the Scandinavian country in their Group A clash
And they will face a Sweden side who are high on confidence after four wins in their last five competitive matches.
They have netted twelve goals without reply in their last two fixtures, with Saturday’s 8-0 thumping at the Friends Arena highlighting their attacking prowess.
Al-Ain striker Marcus Berg whacked in four goals against Luxembourg, with Andreas Granqvist helping himself to a brace.
Elsewhere Celtic star Mikael Lustig got on the score sheet, as did former Sunderland ace Ola Toivonen.