Arjen Robben Condemns Netherlands' 'Nightmare' Defeat Against Bulgaria in World Cup Qualifier

World Cup qualifying review: Easy for Sweden and Bosnia

Netherlands boss Danny Blind was going to have to turn to a debutante at the center of defense no matter what in this game, after star Stefan de Vrij picked up an injury and failed to pass fit. Today, in a meeting between the KNVB, represented by professional football director Jean Paul Decossaux and technical director Hans van Breukelen, and Danny Blind.

Danny Blind has shouldered the responsibility for the Netherlands' loss to Bulgaria and concedes a World Cup spot looks unlikely.

'But because the results have been disappointing, and now qualifying for the World Cup in Russian Federation seems hard, we feel we unfortunately have to say goodbye to him.

The Dutch slipped to a damaging 2-0 loss at Bulgaria on Saturday and their hopes of reaching next year's tournament in Russian Federation now appear remote, with Blind's side fourth in Group A and three points behind Sweden in second place.

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Rosenfeld said he is accused of making threats against Jewish groups in New Zealand, Australia, the US and likely Canada. Sources familiar with the case gave the suspect's age as 19 and said he is Jewish and holds Israeli and USA citizenship.

"I blame myself", he told NOS, via the AP.

Blind admitted his decision to start De Ligt, 17, in defence was a mistake and would consider his future. "Things have to change". I'm incredibly disappointed, especially since I had a good feeling about this match.

However, at the airport on Sunday morning, Blind was defiant, "I do not want to say too much now, but I remain combative. It makes sense that I put myself in front of the mirror".

Belgium maintained a two-point lead over Greece, while Bosnia and Herzegovina moved to within three points of the top with a 5-0 win over minnows Gibraltar thanks to a Vedad Ibisevic brace.

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