Robben bids farewell as Dutch bow out of Rus­sia qual­i­fy­ing

Metro Canada (Halifax) - - SPORTS - The as­so­ci­ated Press

Ar­jen Robben en­sured that the Nether­lands bowed out of World Cup qual­i­fi­ca­tion in some style Tues­day, scor­ing both goals as the Dutch beat Swe­den 2-0 be­fore then an­nounc­ing his re­tire­ment from in­ter­na­tional foot­ball.

The win­ning mar­gin at the Am­s­ter­dam Arena was nowhere near enough for the Nether­lands, which had to beat Swe­den by seven goals to move into sec­ond place in Group A.

The Swedes, who looked con­tent to de­fend through­out the match, fin­ished sec­ond and go into a play­off for the World Cup in Rus­sia next year. France beat Be­larus 2-1 to seal top spot in the group and au­to­matic qual­i­fi­ca­tion.

The Nether­lands, a three­time World Cup run­ner-up, has now missed out on the World Cup after fail­ing to qual- ify for last year’s Euro­pean Cham­pi­onship in France.

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.

i wanted to show one more time all the things that i can do. Dutch winger ar­jen robben

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