LUXEMBOURG: A rare starter for his club Arsenal this season, Olivier Giroud once again proved his worth to France when he bagged a double in their 3-1 win in Luxembourg in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday.
The powerful striker’s 22nd and 23rd international goals lifted him to 10th on the list of France’s all-time top scorers after being Les Bleus’ leading marksman in 2016.
“Even if he’s got difficulties at his club, Olivier often scores for place in the finals in Russia.
“What can I tell you? We came here with good intentions, but it has become a nightmare,” 33year-old Bayern Munich winger Robben said.
“We win together and we lose together. Now we’ll get shit all over us. It’s sad. I’m speechless. The first half was shocking.”
Bulgaria stunned the Dutch with two goals in the first 20 minutes, both coming from Spas Delev who opened his international account.
Delev pounced on a mistake by 17-year-old Matthijs De Ligt, Holland’s youngest debutant since 1931, who misjudged a pass and allowed the striker to slot the ball past Jeroen Zoet.
Delev then made it 2-0 when he unleashed a stinging right-foot drive past Zoet.
Netherlands coach Danny Blind has said he will think about his future as coach of the Netherlands after Saturday’s defeat.
“The blame is on me. It falls firmly on my roof. I must now think about it and my employer will be doing the same,” Blind told reporters.
“I’ve worked long enough in football to understand how it works. I must now look at myself in the mirror. It can’t carry on like this.”
Blind took over as coach from Guus Hiddink in a bid to resuscitate the Dutch qualifying campaign for the 2016 European Championships in France but a shock home defeat to Iceland in his first match in charge quickly ended any possibility of a revival.
Blind has won seven and lost seven of his 17 games in charge since taking over in 2015.
“I must be truthful to myself and to the KNVB (the Dutch football association),” the manager said.
"I must be convinced that I can get things right but we must also be honest and say that getting to Russia is now going to be a lot more difficult.
“I must think now whether I’m still capable of doing the job.”
Their next World Cup qualifier is at home to neighbours Luxembourg on June 9. Agencies
Bulgaria’s Spas Delev (centre) scores past Netherlands goalkeeper Jeroen Zoet in their World Cup qualifier on Saturday.