Dutch midfielder Kevin Strootman has admitted he was at fault for Sweden’s goal during the 1-1 draw on Tuesday.

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strootman nethThe midfielder was robbed of possession just outside the Netherlands box on 42 minutes by Marcus Berg who then chipped Jeroen Zoet to hand Sweden a half time lead. Wesley Sneijder would equalise in the second half to earn Oranje a point in their first World Cup qualifier.

Speaking to NOS after the game, Strootman took reponsibility for his mistake, ” I freely admit that I made a massive blunder which lead to the opening Swedish goal I did not know what I was doing. I am the only one responsible for the fact that we dropped 2 points here tonight.

”Ishould have cleared the ball and I did not. Normally these things do not happen to me but to have done such a thing in an important game makes it even worse. I am happy that we managed to equalize and it is shame that we could not go on to win the game. But once again I reiterate that the 2 points we have lost are entirely my fault.

”After my blunder we did not give much away so we could have won here 1-0. Naturally you hope that my blunder would be wiped out by us scoring in the final moments of the game but the goal was ruled offside. Our group had worked really hard to get a result tonight.

”Once you make such a blunder in a game it stays with you during the 90 minutes and you can’t stop thinking about it and through such a thing you try to gain extra motivation to go on and win the game and that is what I tried to do.”

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