World Cup Qualifying - European - Group A
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Netherlands 3-1 Bulgaria

Davy Propper scores for Netherlands
Dutch midfielder Davy Propper joined Brighton this summer

Davy Propper scored twice as the Netherlands kept their hopes of qualifying for next summer's World Cup finals alive with a win over Bulgaria.

The Brighton midfielder opened the scoring with a neat finish before Arjen Robben made it 2-0 from close range.

Georgi Kostadinov glanced in a free-kick to give Bulgaria hope but Propper's header sealed the Dutch win.

The Netherlands are now third in Group A, three points behind leaders Sweden and second-placed France.

Robben's goal was his 34th for his country and moves him ahead of the legendary Johan Cruyff in the Dutch all-time scoring charts.

Sweden brushed aside Belarus on Sunday with Emil Forsberg, Christoffer Nyman, Marcus Berg and Andreas Granqvist (from the penalty spot) scoring the goals in a comprehensive 4-0 away win.

France, who beat the Netherlands 4-0 on Thursday, will regain their three-point lead at the top of the group if they beat bottom-placed Luxembourg in Paris on Sunday evening.

In Group I, Domagoj Vida headed a 74th-minute winner for Croatia against Kosovo in a game that was abandoned on Saturday because of a water-logged pitch and continued on Sunday from the 22nd minute.

Gilli Rolantsson Sorensen scored the only goal as the Faroe Islands beat Andorra in Group B, while Mattias Kait scored an injury-time winner to give Estonia victory over Cyprus in Group H.

Line-ups

Netherlands

  • 1Cillessen
  • 2Tete
  • 3de Vrij
  • 4Hoedt
  • 5Blind
  • 6Wijnaldum
  • 10PröpperSubstituted forvan Ginkelat 86'minutes
  • 8VilhenaBooked at 54mins
  • 11Robben
  • 9Janssen
  • 7Promes

Substitutes

  • 12Veltman
  • 13de Ligt
  • 14Rekik
  • 15Martins Indi
  • 16Sneijder
  • 17Depay
  • 18van de Beek
  • 19Dost
  • 20van Ginkel
  • 21Fosu-Mensah
  • 22Stekelenburg
  • 23Zoet

Bulgaria

  • 13Iliev
  • 2Popov
  • 5TerzievBooked at 33mins
  • 15Bozhikov
  • 3Zanev
  • 7Kostadinov
  • 11ManolevBooked at 58minsSubstituted forGalabinovat 61'minutes
  • 18ChochevBooked at 78mins
  • 22TsvetkovSubstituted forSlavchevat 25'minutes
  • 4ZehirovSubstituted forMilanovat 45'minutesBooked at 73mins
  • 10PopovBooked at 83mins

Substitutes

  • 1Mitrev
  • 6Slavchev
  • 8Nedelev
  • 9Dimitrov
  • 12Kraev
  • 14Nedyalkov
  • 16Galabinov
  • 17Milanov
  • 19Despodov
  • 20Starokin
  • 21Malinov
  • 23Kitanov
Referee:
Anastasios Sidiropoulos
Attendance:
47,079

Match Stats

Home TeamNetherlandsAway TeamBulgaria
Possession
Home65%
Away35%
Shots
Home19
Away9
Shots on Target
Home5
Away2
Corners
Home3
Away4
Fouls
Home19
Away17

Live Text

Match ends, Netherlands 3, Bulgaria 1.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Netherlands 3, Bulgaria 1.

Attempt missed. Georgi Kostadinov (Bulgaria) header from the right side of the six yard box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Georgi Milanov with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Bulgaria. Conceded by Daley Blind.

Corner, Bulgaria. Conceded by Georginio Wijnaldum.

Attempt blocked. Simeon Slavchev (Bulgaria) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Strahil Popov.

Foul by Marco van Ginkel (Netherlands).

Ivaylo Chochev (Bulgaria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Hand ball by Vincent Janssen (Netherlands).

Substitution

Substitution, Netherlands. Marco van Ginkel replaces Davy Pröpper.

Attempt missed. Georgi Kostadinov (Bulgaria) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Petar Zanev with a cross.

Attempt missed. Vincent Janssen (Netherlands) left footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Davy Pröpper.

Booking

Ivelin Popov (Bulgaria) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tonny Vilhena (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ivelin Popov (Bulgaria).

Attempt blocked. Arjen Robben (Netherlands) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Georginio Wijnaldum.

Attempt missed. Petar Zanev (Bulgaria) left footed shot from more than 35 yards misses to the left. Assisted by Simeon Slavchev.

Attempt missed. Ivaylo Chochev (Bulgaria) left footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the left. Assisted by Andrej Galabinov.

Goal!

Goal! Netherlands 3, Bulgaria 1. Davy Pröpper (Netherlands) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Quincy Promes.

Attempt saved. Ivelin Popov (Bulgaria) right footed shot from outside the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Andrej Galabinov.

Corner, Netherlands. Conceded by Vasil Bozhikov.

Booking

Ivaylo Chochev (Bulgaria) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Tonny Vilhena (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Ivaylo Chochev (Bulgaria).

Tonny Vilhena (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Georgi Kostadinov (Bulgaria).

Foul by Vincent Janssen (Netherlands).

Strahil Popov (Bulgaria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt missed. Vincent Janssen (Netherlands) right footed shot from outside the box is high and wide to the right.

Booking

Georgi Milanov (Bulgaria) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Arjen Robben (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Georgi Milanov (Bulgaria).

Corner, Netherlands. Conceded by Georgi Milanov.

Attempt saved. Arjen Robben (Netherlands) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Kenny Tete.

Foul by Vincent Janssen (Netherlands).

Georgi Terziev (Bulgaria) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Arjen Robben (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Ivelin Popov (Bulgaria).

Goal!

Goal! Netherlands 2, Bulgaria 1. Georgi Kostadinov (Bulgaria) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ivelin Popov following a set piece situation.

Foul by Georginio Wijnaldum (Netherlands).

goal

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1France85211551017
2Sweden85121871116
3Netherlands84131611513
4Bulgaria84041317-412
5Luxembourg8125717-105
6Belarus8125416-125

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Switzerland88001831524
2Portugal87012842421
3Hungary8314119210
4Faroe Islands8224415-118
5Andorra8116217-154
6Latvia8107318-153

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany77002922721
2Northern Ireland75111421216
3Czech Rep723210739
4Norway7214810-27
5Azerbaijan7214311-87
6San Marino7007133-320

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Serbia7430167915
2R. of Ireland734095413
3Wales7250105511
4Austria72239908
5Georgia7043711-44
6Moldova7025418-142

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Poland75111511416
2Montenegro74121771013
3Denmark7412146813
4Romania72328719
5Armenia7205715-86
6Kazakhstan7025419-152

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England75201421217
2Slovakia7502134915
3Scotland73221210211
4Slovenia732264211
5Lithuania7124614-85
6Malta7007219-170

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Spain76102432119
2Italy75111871116
3Albania740398112
4Israel7304913-49
5Macedonia7205913-46
6Liechtenstein7007126-250

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Belgium87103533222
2Bos-Herze84221981114
3Greece8341115613
4Cyprus8314812-410
5Estonia8224617-118
6Gibraltar8008337-340

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Croatia75111221016
2Ukraine7421115614
3Iceland741297213
4Turkey7322118311
5Finland7115510-54
6Kosovo7016319-161
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