Netherlands international Arjen Robben concedes that their chances of World Cup qualification are slim despite Saturday’s win over Belarus.
The Bayern Munich forward scored the second goal of the 3-1 win from the penalty spot in Borisov, which did little more than keep them hanging by a thread as they are three points behind Sweden with just match left to play.
The Swedes thrashed Luxembourg 8-0 on Saturday to give them a big advantage on goal difference, meaning the Dutch need a massive win to catch up when the two sides meet in their final qualifier.
"This hurts. It is, unfortunately, part of the sport," Robben told ONS. "When you hear 8-0, that's a big blow.
"After Sweden's result you can't do anything else other than play with your chest out, but an 8-0 win in Belarus [was not going to] happen, and a 7-0 win at home to Sweden isn't going to happen."
The Oranje must now face Sweden at the Amsterdam Arena on Tuesday needing not just a win, but a big win, to have any chance of featuring at Russia 2018.
"The reality is that it will be very difficult, but it's not over yet," said Netherlands coach Dick Advocaat. "We have to play another game. It is possible."