Sweden hammer Luxembourg to leave Netherlands World Cup chances in tatters


Estonia thrashed Gibraltar 6-0 to give themselves a mathematical chance of taking second, but trail Bosnia by 15 goals on goal difference with only one match to go. Oranje has won two and lost two in its last four games this includes a massive 4-0 defeat against France away from home.

The Netherlands' narrow victory combined with Sweden's 8-0 thrashing of Luxembourg and France's win in Bulgaria means the Netherlands must beat Sweden by seven goals in Amsterdam on Tuesday to finish second in the group and have a chance of progressing to a playoff.

Holland's chances of reaching the World Cup finals are nearly certainly over, with Saturday night's results meaning Dick Advocaat's team need to beat Sweden by seven goals on Tuesday to reach the play-offs, while Bosnia-Herzegovina's dramatic 4-3 home defeat by Belgium in Sarajevo had implications well beyond their hopes of finishing second in Group H. In September, the Dutch left France 0: 4 on the road, and defeated Bulgaria 3: 1. Although in recent matches the team has pleasantly surprised.

With time running out, Holland took the lead again through a penalty from Arjen Robben on 84 minutes before Memphis Depay made it 3-1 with a free-kick in stoppage time.

Centurion Karunaratne leads the way for Sri Lanka
That said, it will be interesting to see if Sri Lanka face any difficulties in adapting to the nuances of a day-night Test. Debutant Haris Sohail provided a positive in the batting after scores of 76 and 34, while Azhar Ali hit 85.

In the standing table of World Cup Qualifying Group A, the team Sweden is in the second place with 16 points and the team Luxembourg is in the fifth place with five points.

The Dutch fail the second selection in a row, they did not qualify for the Euro in 2016, in this cycle they are led by the third mentor, the experienced Dick Advocaat, but this did not give stability to the "orange team".

Swedish Striker Marcus Berg scored four times and captain Andreas Granqvistnetted two penalties in front of a crowd of 50,022 at the Friends Arena in Solna, north of Stockholm.

Luxembourg, which held France to a goalless draw last month, endured a nightmarish game.