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90' + 2'
C. Nyman
Yellow Card
89'
J. Durmaz
M. Berg
78'
S. Berghuis
Q. Promes
77'
E. Kujović
M. Rohdén
67'
W. Sneijder
Goal
66'
B. Dost
G. Wijnaldum
64'
C. Nyman
J. Guidetti
50'
V. van Dijk
Yellow Card
43'
M. Berg
Goal
34'
M. Lustig
Yellow Card
24'
K. Strootman
Yellow Card
3
2
2
2

Stats

Possession
% %
2
7
Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 3 9
Total Passes 289 645

Commentary

Full time in Solna. Honours remain even after 90 minutes between Sweden and the Netherlands as we finish at 1-1 in this World Cup Qualifieer, with the latter no doubt feeling aggrieved that they did not manage to claim all three points. The hosts took the lead in the first half through Marcus Berg after some poor work from Kevin Strootman, but Oranje did manage to equalise eventually in the second period through Wesley Sneijder. A goal chopped off for Bas Dost in the last minute will no doubt enrage Danny Blind, but both sides are forced to settle for a point. Thanks for joining us, see you next time!
C. Nyman
Yellow Card
Sweden
90' + 2' Yellow card Christoffer Nyman
90' + 1' GOOOOAAAALLL FOR THE NETHERLANDS! WAIT! NO! IT IS CHOPPED OFF! Dost rises high inside the box and glances a beautiful header into the top corner, but the celebrations are quickly stopped by the official who blows for a foul on Lindelof. That looked extremely harsh!
J. Durmaz
M. Berg
Sweden
89' Third and final change from Sweden as Berg makes his way, slowly, off the pitch to be replaced by Jimmy Durmaz. Meanwhile, the referee adds on three minutes of injury time.
87' Some continued probing, patient possession for Oranje here but there isn't much of a threat or any penetration alongside it. Sweden are a well organised outfit in defence when they need to batten down the hatches, so it looks like they may just hold out for the point in front of their home fans.
85' OH WHAT A SITTER FROM DOST! Strootman, who set up Klaassen with that chance in the first half with a glorious pass, pulls off something similar here with the former Wolfsburg attacker his target this time. Dost meets it with an assured first touch but then fires a half-volley north of the bar whilst one-on-one with the goalkeeper!
83' JANSSEN! REALLY UNLUCKY! The Tottenham striker has been one of the Netherland's brighter performers this evening, and almost grabs a deserved goal with a rasper of a strike from 25 yards that is struck sweetly. Unfortunately for him, it goes straight into the arms of Olsen who collects at the second attempt.
81' A poorly executed long throw from Sweden allows the Netherlands to win possession and counter-attack with pace through Sneijder. The Galatasaray man sweeps the ball out wide to the recently introduced Berghuis, but the substitute fails to make his mind up in time and eventually gets tackled as the attack fizzles out to nothing.
79' Sweden are looking pretty fatigued out there now and it seems like they may try and sit back and soak up the pressure to see out the 1-1 draw. Berg is still buzzing around up top being a nuisance, but the hosts are surrendering possession far too much sustain a threat on Zoet's goal.
S. Berghuis
Q. Promes
Netherlands
78' Second change from the Netherlands as Steven Berguis replacing Promes.
E. Kujović
M. Rohdén
Sweden
77' Another alteration from the home side as Marcus Rohden looks exhausted as he trudges off to the side of the pitch. His replacment in midfield will be Emir Kujovic.
75' Fifteen minutes to go in this Group A World Cup Qualifying clash and we are no nearer to finding out if anyone can muster up a tempo to try and claim an unlikely winner. A draw would not be a disastrous start for either nation by any means, but an opening victory would do wonders for the momentum going forward in the campaign.
73' Janssen receives possession to feet inside the box with his back to goal and strives to just find a yard to try and swing a leg out to pull the trigger on goal. In the end, Granqvist defends well again and puts pressure on the centre-forward before nicking in to make the block.
71' Strootman picks up the ball in the final third this time and shakes off the attentions of the defending before clipping a pass out wide for Promes. The winger twists and turns into space before typically cutting inside on his left foot to get the shot away, but Wendt defends well to make the solid block.
69' The ascendancy is certainly with Oranje at the moment, with that change from Danny Blind ensuring a mighty physical presence inside the opposition area. Expect Dost and Janssen to try and feed on some floated crosses into the box in these latter stages!
W. Sneijder
Goal
Netherlands
67' GOOOOAAAALLLL! GOOOAALLLLL FOR THE NETHERLANDS! Janmaat does much better this time as he bursts into the final third before smashing a low strike towards the bottom corner which is saved. There to slam home the rebound is captain, Wesley Sneijder! One-one - GAME ON!
B. Dost
G. Wijnaldum
Netherlands
66' Danny Blind follows suit and also makes his opening change of proceedings. Leaving the pitch is the disappointing Wijnaldum and entering the action is Bas Dost, so that will display a change in formation with the new Sporting man going alongside Janssen up top.
C. Nyman
J. Guidetti
Sweden
64' First change of the match and it comes from Sweden. Leaving the action is Guidetti and he will be replaced by Christoffer Nyman who will provide some fresh legs in the final third for the home side.
62' VITAL SAVE FROM OLSEN! Janssen, who has put in a decent shift up top despite not finding the net yet, collects the ball down the left wing before firing a deflected cross into the box. It cannons off the foot of Lindelof before looping towards the top bag, but the Swedish keeper shows a clean pair of heels to get across and tip over.
60' Danny Blind's son, Daley, bursts a gut to try and get the end of a speculative pass down the left wing and then cuts a frustrated figure as possession sweeps out of play for a Sweden goal-kick. That few moments just sums up the feeling among the Netherlands players at the moment; they need some inspiration from somewhere.
58' Wijnaldum has also been really poor tonight for Oranje as it is unclear exactly what his role is in the centre of the pitch. Not only is he providing little protection for the defence, but has also failed to get forward and support the forward line too. Danny Blind needs to start thinking about making some changes.
56' It was mentioned previously that Janmaat was having a poor second half, and that was before he criminally wastes a positive Netherlands attack by swiping a cross high and wide into the stand from the right-hand side with a few team-mates begging for a decent delivery into the area.
54' One problem which is prominent for the Netherlands here as that Janssen tends to cut a fairly isolated figure up top on occasion. Klaassen and Promes do provide some support from the wings, but there is nobody there to pick up possession in the no.10 position to pull the strings. Sneijder has featured wide for the most part.
52' Janmaat is having a terrible time of it in the opening stages of this second half, as once again he is easily bested by a player in yellow. The tricky Forsberg gets in behind this time before firing a cross into the box, but Van Dijk is obviously positioned well again to intercept and save the blushes of his team-mate.
V. van Dijk
Yellow Card
Netherlands
50' Van Dijk goes into the book for a needless shove on Guidetti. Two former Celtic team-mates colliding there.
49' Sneijder stands over yet another set-piece opportunity, this time a yard in from the left wing. The delivery this time is superb and perfectly meets the head of Van Dijk, who bullets a header on goal from around 12 yards, but is straight down the throat of the grateful Olsen between the sticks for Sweden.
47' FANTASTIC clearance from Van Dijk! Guidetti moves forward unopposed and clips a cross ominously towards the back post for Berg, who looks poised to smash into the empty net. Luckily for the Netherlands, the Southampton defender is on hand to make the vital interception!
46' We are back under way in this World Cup qualifier!
Half-time in Solna. Despite largely dominating possession, Netherlands find themselves 1-0 down at the break thanks to a terrific goal from Marcus Berg for Sweden after a horrible mistake from Kevin Strootman. Unfortunately for Oranje, it is the same old story as their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign so far, but they have the tools available to get back into this in the upcoming second period.
45' Well, well, what on earth are you doing, Kevin Strootman? The Roma man looked to be in control of the situation at the back but just seemed to get possession caught in between his feet which allowed Berg to pounce at the vital moment to score. A really bad mistake!
M. Berg
Goal
Sweden
43' GOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL FOR SWEDEN! A SUBLIME FINISH FROM BERG! The referee plays an advantage for the home side in the final third only for Strootman to win possession and then terribly languish on the ball in a dangerous area. The centre-forward robs him of the ball before sending a delightful chip in off the post! One-nil!
42' Netherlands just had a decent period of sustained possession in the final third, probing for any kind of opening into the Sweden defence. However, a slack pass at a key moment takes the pressure completely off the home side as the ball goes all the way back to Zoet in between the sticks.
40' Janssen receives the ball to feet with his back to goal and displays an impressive bit of strength to hold off the defender and lay into the path of Strootman. The Roma midfielder attempts to shift possession to the right to try and pull the trigger with a shot on goal, but he ends up being forced to play out wide to the onrushing Promes.
38' Just approaching half-time now and Netherlands will probably feel aggrieved not to be at least a goal up considering some of the chances they have had. Klaassen should have had two, while Janssen has also looked bright in more advanced areas. All that is missing is that elusive opener!
36' After a small delay, Sneijder runs up to swing the free-kick from the Granqvist foul into the box, but it is commandingly headed away from the man who actually conceded the initial set-piece. Good defending in the end from Sweden.
M. Lustig
Yellow Card
Sweden
34' A booking for Lustig here as the referee goes back and shows the Celtic defender yellow for a previous offence just up the pitch.
32' There has been a lot of patient build-up play in this first half from Netherlands but for the majority of the time it has been at the back through the likes of Van Dijk and Blind, who features at left-back instead of centre-back this evening. A little more creativity and endeavour required in midfield from Oranje.
30' The Sweden fans are typically out in droves tonight bathed in their usual colour of bright yellow in the Friends Arena. A very ironic name for a football stadium considering there appears to be no love lost between the two sets of players out there at the moment!
28' We are beyond the midway point of the first half now and it has been a pretty evenly matched encounter between Sweden and the Netherlands so far. On recent form over the past year, you have to say they are two relatively even sides in terms of organisation and ability. Some new, fresh places out there to try and impress for the upcoming campaign, though.
26' ANOTHER SAVE FROM OLSEN! Janssen is becoming increasingly more threatening in and around the opposition area and this time receives the ball to feet before lashing a cracking strike at goal, only for the Swede to make the solid block with his left hand.
K. Strootman
Yellow Card
Netherlands
24' First booking of the match now and it deservedly goes to Strootman, who cynically halts a Sweden counter-attack after Forsberg had made a speedy dribble into the Netherlands half. A very impressive break from the hosts after Granqvist foiled Janssen's strike with a brave block from six yards.
22' Sneijder stands over a free-kick down the left wing with the Sweden defence waiting for the delivery, only for the Netherlands captain to take it quick to Promes down the left-hand side. The Spartak Moscow winger languishes on the ball a little too long, though, which allows Lustig to block the eventual cross into the box.
20' After a good start from the Netherlands, Sweden have just started to show a bit more going forward themselves, with spaces opening up just in the final third between the opposition midfield and defence. Strootman is featuring in that position for Oranje, but looks more intent on going forward that protecting the backline from deep.
18' SAAAAAVE FROM ZOET! Forsberg is gifted plenty of space in the centre of midfield and takes advantage with a penetrating run before rifling a 25-yard strike low towards the bottom corner. It twists and dips all over the place in the air, which makes it difficult for the goalkeeper to eventually palm behind for a corner. Not the most convincing save from the man between the sticks!
16' Sweden send a long throw deep into the opposition penalty area and Lustig rises high to excellently recycle back into the danger area with a header. A few snap shots on goal come from the home side thereafter, but the Netherlands manage to clear after a few shaky bits of defending.
14' WHAT A MISS FROM KLAASSEN! Some scintillating stuff going forward from the Netherlands here as Promes links up superbly with Janmaat down the right wing, with the latter subsequently standing a perfect cross teasing into the centre of the box. The Ajax attacker meets it, but only succeeds in sending a weak header into the arms of the goalkeeper.
12' Disappointing from Guidetti, who fires the free-kick disappointingly into the wall.
11' A decent set-piece opportunity this time for Sweden as Janssen cheaply clips Lustig around 30 yards away from the Netherlands goal. It looked like a fairly weak claim for a foul, but the referee doesn't hesitate and quickly blows his whistle after the protests from the Celtic defender. Guidetti is charged with the free-kick.
9' A bright start to the match in Solna and both sides look like they might have something about them going forward here tonight. Tottenham's Vincent Janssen will lead the line for Oranje tonight, while Celta Vigo striker Jon Guidetti appears to be Sweden's best bet to gain the opener.
7' A very slight penalty shout for Sweden here as Berg and Van Dijk get into an altercation on the edge of the Netherlands box. The Swede battles away trying to gain prominence, only to go down claiming for the spotkick after a pull of the shirt from the defender, but the referee quickly waves away the protests. It wasn't even inside the box, never mind a foul.
5' VITAL SAVE FROM OLSEN! The Netherlands pop the ball around nicely in and around the penalty area and possession eventually comes to Strootman, who dinks a delightful pass over the defence for Klaassen. However, the subsequent strike on goal is brilliantly charged down by the Sweden goalkeeper!
3' The Netherlands have started proceedings with some confident possession, but this was probably expected as Sweden are more built for counters and more direct balls forward. Remember, though, Oranje started the match against Greece similarly on Thursday, only to go on to lose.
1' We are under way in this World Cup Qualifier!
Netherlands (4-3-3): Zoet; Janmaat, Bruma, Van Dijk, Blind; Strootman, Wijnaldum, Sneijder; Klaassen, Janssen, Promes.
Sweden (4-4-2): Olsen; Lustig, Lindelof, Granqvist, Wendt; Rohden, Fransson, Hiljemark, Forsberg; Guidetti, Berg.
TEAM NEWS...
The last match between the two nations actually came back in the qualifying stages for Euro 2012. On that occasion five years ago, once again in Solna, Sweden ran out narrow 3-2 winners thanks to goals from Kallstrom, Sebastian Larsson, and Ola Toivonen, while Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Dirk Kuyt netted the consolations for the Netherlands. Oranje won the two previous fixtures before that in 2010 and 2008.
The past couple of years have certainly been highly underwhelming for the Netherlands, with a failure to make it to Euro 2016 this summer summing up a disappointing recent demise in quality. In Euros qualifying, they notched up just four wins in 10 matches, losing five of those, and have also lost three out of their last four friendlies on home soil. Oranje have hardly made a decent beginning to this campaign, too, as they will need to quickly pick themselves up from a dire 2-1 friendly defeat at home to Greece on Thursday evening.
Sweden have enjoyed somewhat of a revolution over the summer after the disappointing group stage loss at the European Championships in France. Veteran players such as Kim Kallstrom, Andreas Isaksson, Mikael Antonsson, Erik Johansson, Pontus Wernbloom and Erkan Zengin have all decided to hang up their boots from international football. However, it is the international retirement of the talismanic striker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, which is sure to make the most impact on this new, youthful squad.
With the opening round of qualifying fixtures already under way across Europe this week, it is now Group A's turn to get involved in the action, and two of the big-hitting nations in the standings feature tonight just north of Stockholm in what promises to be a very tight encounter.
Good evening football fans! Welcome to LIVE coverage of the 2018 World Cup Qualifying clash between Sweden and the Netherlands from the Friends Arena in Solna.
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