The Juniors failed to take a big step to the quarter-finals of the European Championship on Saturday evening. The team of national coach Erwin van de Looi gave away a 1-0 lead against Young Germany in the final phase: 1-1.
The opening goal was credited to Justin Kluivert, who scored just after half time after a blunder by goalkeeper Finn Dahmen. The Germans came back to 1-1 in the 84th minute via Lukas Nmecha, which meant that the Juniors lost an excellent starting position.
The Netherlands will take on the already eliminated Young Hungary on Tuesday-evening and must win (with large numbers) to reach the quarter-finals. Young Romania and Young Germany each have four points – two more than the Dutch Juniors – and will play against each other on Tuesday.
Teun Koopmeiners is missing against the Hungarians anyway, because the captain took his second yellow card of the tournament against Germany and is suspended. Noa Lang also seems unavailable: the Club Brugge attacker suffered an apparently serious knee injury after twenty minutes.
The injured Noa Lang left the field in Hungary in tears.
Jong Oranje struggles to create opportunities in the first half
National coach Van de Looi made three changes against Germany compared to the game with Young Romania (1-1). Myron Boadu lost his place to Cody Gakpo and Sven Botman and Abdou Harroui were also at the kick-off in Székesfehérvár, but with a new impulse, the Juniors made little impression before the break.
The Netherlands did not stand a chance in the opening phase and also saw Lang drop out after twenty minutes. The attacker of Club Brugge collided with Koopmeiners and suffered an apparently serious knee injury. He tried for a long time, but a few minutes later he was still on the ground with his hands in front of his face and left the field in tears for Ferdi Kadioglu.
After Germany finally got the first chance of the game after half an hour via Amos Pieper – his header from a corner went well over – it was the Dutch Juniors who were very close to 1-0 just before half-time. Dani de Wit saw his header hit the post after a measured cross from Cody Gakpo and Justin Kluivert flipped the ball past the goal from a difficult angle.
Blunder keeper helps Jong Oranje in the saddle
Early in the second half it was still a hit for the Juniors, albeit with a lot of fortune. Goalkeeper Dahmen got a difficult back pass poorly under control and in an attempt to shoot away he hit the ball completely wrong. The incoming Kluivert took advantage and worked inside an empty target.
The attacker of AS Roma was allowed to play in a promising position again in the 56th minute, but his role was no problem for the troubled Dahmen this time. It was one of the few threatening moments in front of Germany’s goal, which became increasingly threatening in the hunt for the equalizer.
The Juniors were put with their backs to the wall and took the 1-1 six minutes before the end. Botman simply let himself pass on the right and could not prevent a cross, after which Lukas Nmecha was able to work in from close range. In the final minutes, the Juniors no longer came close to the winning goal, so that a quarter-final place at the European Championship is far from certain.
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