Netherlands need Barcelona-like World Cup miracle

first_imgWorld Cup Netherlands need Barcelona-like miracle to qualify for World Cup – De Boer Carlo Garganese Last updated 2 years ago 16:00 10/7/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(3) Arjen Robben Netherlands Getty Images World Cup Netherlands The former Ajax legend – and twin brother of Frank – believes his country have only a five per cent chance of making it to Russia Netherlands will need a miracle similar to the one Barcelona produced against Paris Saint-Germain during last year’s Champions League in order to qualify for the World Cup, according to Dutch legend Ronald de Boer.With two games remaining in Group A, the Dutch find themselves in third position – four points behind group leaders France and three shy of second placed Sweden.On Saturday, Netherlands travel to Belarus while Sweden host Luxembourg. But with the Swedes enjoying a goal difference of +6 over the Dutch – and expected to beat Luxembourg handsomely – the likelihood is that Dick Advocaat’s men will, in order to make the playoffs, have to rack up a huge win over Sweden when they host them on the final matchday on Tuesday. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. And De Boer, who won 67 caps for his country and played in two World Cups, believes Netherlands will have to repeat the Champions League miracle Barcelona produced earlier this year when they thrashed PSG 6-1 at Camp Nou after losing the first leg 4-0.Ronald de Boer ex Barcelona player“It’s looking very bad for Netherlands. I give us maybe a five per cent chance to qualify for the World Cup,” ex-Barca ace De Boer told Goal at the ASPIRE4SPORT Congress at Stamford Bridge.”We will play Belarus. It is not easy to play over there. History tells us we always have problems there. Let’s say we win 1-0 or 2-0, Sweden are playing at home against Luxembourg and I believe they can score four goals at least.”That would mean we have to probably beat Sweden 5-0 or 6-0 in Amsterdam [on Tuesday].”Everything is possible. We saw Barcelona do it against PSG, but Barcelona are not the Dutch team.”Holland 66/1 to win the World CupNetherlands’ chances of progression have been hit further by injuries to key players Kevin Strootman and Stefan de Vrij, who will miss both matches against Belarus and Sweden.last_img read more