Arjen Robben announces retirement from international football
The Netherlands needed to beat Sweden by a minimum scoreline of 7-0 in order to reach the World cup playoffs, but their opponents shut up shop for the second half of the game.
Robben opened the scoring with a penalty which resulted from a
handball before he crafted a wonderful one-time shot to make it 2-0 before the break.
The Oranje could not put more pressure on Sweden in the second period, and ultimately had to settle for pride as their visitors reached the play-off phase of the tournament.
Speaking after the game, the
forward confirmed his retirement from the international scene, he said, via The Mirror: "I want to focus on my club [career] now. It's a good time to pass the torch to the next generation."