Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Yesterday, the Netherlands football team crashed out of the UEFA Euro Cup 2016 after a 2–3 defeat against the Czech Republic in a qualifying match. Dutch player Robin van Persie scored an own goal.

The match was held in the Amsterdam ArenA in the Dutch capital. Turkey, Iceland and the Czech Republic qualified for the tournament from group A, Turkey defeating Iceland 1–0 to take third position.

The Dutch team, nicknamed Oranje, had 60% ball possession in front of the Czechs. The match saw six yellow cards and one red card. Four Dutch players were shown yellow cards. A total of 30 fouls were committed in the match, seventeen by the Dutch, and thirteen by the Czechs. Czech defender Suchý was sent off in the 43rd minute.

The first half saw two goals by the visitors, three yellow cards, and one red card. The first goal came in the 24th minute. Kaderábek, assisted by Skalák, scored. Tomáš Necid assisted for the second goal, Josef Šural scoring in the bottom left corner.

In the second half, Robin van Persie scored an own goal in the 66th minute, providing the visitors a 3–0 lead. The Dutch side won a corner in the 70th minute, from which Klaas-Jan Huntelaar reduced the goal difference with a header, assisted by Wesley Sneijder.

Later, in the 83rd minute, van Persie scored in the correct net, making it 2–3 for the Netherlands, assisted by Bas Dost. In the next minute, van Persie was booked for diving.

The match ended in a 2–3 loss for the Oranje, and they failed to qualify for the Euros for the first time since 1984. In order to qualify, the Dutch had to beat the Czechs and rely on Iceland to beat Turkey. A ten-man Turkish side defeated Iceland 1–0 and qualified for the tournament.

Group A standings

Position Team P W D L F A +/- Pts
1 Czech Republic 10 7 1 2 19 14 5 22
2 Iceland 10 6 2 2 17 6 11 20
3 Turkey 10 5 3 2 14 9 5 18
4 The Netherlands 10 4 1 5 17 14 3 13
5 Kazakhstan 10 1 2 7 7 18 -11 5
6 Latvia 10 0 5 5 6 19 -13 5

The Netherlands 2 – 3 Czech Republic Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam Referee: Damir Skomina, Slovenia
Huntelaar 70′ 20′ van Persie 83′ 84’Blind 30’Sneijder 88′ Kade?ábek 24’Šural 35’van Persie 66′ (o.g.)Skalák 41’Suchý  43’Selassie 90+2′
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