Sneijder On Target As Holland Secure Hard-Fought Draw In Sweden
Wesley Sneijder rifled home a second-half equaliser to cancel out Marcus Berg’s cool chip as Holland claimed a point in their opening World Cup qualifier away to Sweden.
The Dutch, who came third at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil but failed to qualify for this year’s European Championship, struggled for long periods against a resolute Sweden side coming to terms with the departure of record goalscorer Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
The Dutch struggled in front of goal throughout but when Olsen could only parry Daryl Janmaat’s shot from distance, Sneijder made no mistake, hammering home the rebound.
Netherlands substitute Bas Dost had the ball in the net again in the final minute but the goal was ruled out after the referee spotted him pushing Victor Nilsson Lindelof in the penalty area, and the game finished in a draw.