The Netherlands headed into tonight's World Cup qualifying clash against Sweden needing to beat their opponents by seven goals or more to advance to a qualification play off.

And, at the time of writing, Arjen Robben is doing his absolute best to ensure the Dutch perform the unlikeliest triumph since a team captained by Wes Morgan won the actual premier League.

Robben converted a penalty after 16 mintues and then swept home an absolute pearler of an effort from the edge of the area to double the Netherlands' lead later in the first half.






Robben's double leaves Dick Advocaat's men needing just the five more goals to secure a play off berth in order to take one step closer to avoiding missing out on a second consecutive major tournament. A colossal disappointment for a country that only three years ago finished third at the World Cup, in Brazil.

The Bayern Munich star may be playing his final game for the Netherlands, tonight, unless the Dutch do somehow manage to score another five and not concede against the Swedes.

At 33 years of age, next year's World Cup in Russia would represent the most likely final attempt for Robben to shine at an international tournament, with the former Chelsea and Real Madrid man turning 36 before Euro 2020.

At least he's looking like he'll sign off the international stage in style.

Joe Baiamonte

Northerner. Assistant Editor of SPORTbible. Studied Journalism and Broadcasting in a portakabin on a car park of Salford University for three years. Believes football peaked with Serie A in the '90s and strong-arms pro wrestling references into as many articles as possible. Neymar once took 50 euros off me during a game of poker.

Next Up

arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up camera clock close comment cursor email facebook-messenger facebook Instagram link new-window phone play share snapchat submit twitter vine whatsapp safari-pinned-tab Created by potrace 1.11, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2013 ODDSbible safari-pinned-tab Created by potrace 1.11, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2013