Playoff-bound Sweden lose as Robben signs off in style for Dutch

Ross Houston
October 11, 2017

Robben was the star of the show on Tuesday when Sweden visited Amsterdam, scoring both goals and generally standing out as Netherlands won 2-0. France beat Belarus 2-1 to seal top spot in the group and automatic qualification.

For first time in a friendly match against Portuguese national team in 2003, Robben played national championship, three times World Cup tournament, and 3 times in European Cup tournament.

It has been a dramatic fall from grace for a Dutch team that reached the semifinals at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, four years after losing the final in South Africa. He darted past defenders, drifted in from the right flank and shot with his left foot, fell theatrically under a Swedish tackle and pleaded with the referee for a free kick.

"But it's a real miss of the national team, playing without him, because he's such a quality player".

It was also going to be Robben who stepped up to take the penalty, but it didn't quite go to plan. The Dutch captain smashed in a cross by Ryan Babel in the 40th minute.

The 33-year-old represented his country at six major worldwide tournaments and is among their all-time top scorers with his two-goal haul taking him into a tie for fourth with Dennis Bergkamp. "We will miss him, no doubt about that".

After struggling to hold down a regular place under Jose Mourinho since joining from Benfica this summer, Lindelof started in Sweden's final World Cup group qualifier but the 23-year-old got off to a woeful start by conceding a penalty after just 16 minutes.

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