Netherlands are in danger of failing to qualify for a second straight major tournament after losing 2-0 to Bulgaria in a World Cup qualifier on Saturday.
After finishing third at the 2014 World Cup, the Dutch missed out on Euro 2016 and now find themselves in fourth place midway through their campaign to reach Russia, six points off the lead in Group A and three back of a potential playoff spot.
Danny Blind handed a first cap to 17-year-old Matthijs de Ligt, but the centre-back's first action did...
Ivelin Popov scored the only goal as Bulgaria clinched a 1-0 win against 10-man Belarus in their World Cup qualifier in Sofia.
Spartak Moscow forward Popov's early header at the Vasil Levski National Stadium proved decisive and secured Bulgaria's first victory under coach Petar Hubchev following heavy earlier defeats to Group A rivals France and Sweden.
Victory lifts fourth-placed Bulgaria four points clear of Belarus, who are still without a win after four group matches.
Popov gave Bulgaria a flying...
Goals from Ola Toivonen, Oscar Hiljemark and Victor Lindelof steered Sweden to a 3-0 home victory over Bulgaria in World Cup European Qualifying Group A.
The Swedes grabbed the lead in the 39th minute when Emil Forsberg's cross went via Marcus Berg and Bulgaria defender Aleksandar Aleksandrov to Toivonen, who blasted in.
Moments after Ivelin Popov squandered a great chance to equalise by shooting wide, Hiljemark made it 2-0 in the 45th minute with a fine right-foot finish.
And Lindelof then hooked...
Kevin Gameiro struck twice as France came from behind to run out convincing 4-1 winners over Bulgaria in their World Cup qualifier in Paris.
Dimitri Payet -- with a cross -- and Antoine Griezmann also got on the scoresheet as France hit back after Mihail Alexandrov's early penalty at the Stade de France.
The victory was France's first of the campaign after they were held in their Group A opener in Belarus last month, and it put them in good heart for Monday's trip to Holland.
Bulgaria claimed a...