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Netherlands Lose To Czech Republic, Fail To Qualify For Euro 2016

Netherlands Lose To Czech Republic, Fail To Qualify For Euro 2016

Netherlands failed to qualify for Euro 2016 after losing 3-2 to Czech Republic last night at the Amsterdam ArenA, capping a disastrous qualifying campaign.

The last time the Oranje failed to qualify for a major tournament was 2002 World Cup in South Korea and Japan. Prior to that 1982 World Cup in Spain, Euro 1984 in France and 1986 World Cup in Mexico were all tournaments the Dutch failed to participate in, proving what a powerhouse they have become in the world of football over the last 30 years.

All hopes of making it to France next year came down crashing after Robin van Persie scored an own goal in the 66th to put Czech 3 goals up despite the away team reduced to 10 men just before the break, when Marek Suchý received marching orders from referee following his challenge on Memphis Depay.


Captain of the Netherlands, Wesley Sneijder. © BBC Sport/EPA

Netherlands mounted a comeback with goals from Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Van Persie but the match would end at 3-2 with Turkey claiming the third place finish in the group A with 18 points. Those 18 points were enough for Turkey to qualify automatically as the highest ranked third-placed team out of all nine qualifying groups.


The Turkish national team celebrating after qualifying for Euro 2016. © BBC Sport/Reuters

Netherlands coach Danny Blind, however, plans to remain in charge of the team despite losing three of his last four matches and has said he has “no intention” of stepping down.

“I’m going to carry on with my work because I’m under contract until 2018 and I believe in this team,” Blind added.

“I haven’t achieved my goal. The aim was to qualify automatically or via the play-offs and I haven’t done that.

“Am I the one to blame? I now have to analyse that. The results weren’t good..”

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Srdan “Sojo” Latinovic is a sports editor/writer with previous writing experience for, Bleacher Report and Suite 101. He has covered soccer, basketball and hockey among other sports and also has keen knowledge in tennis and football. Sojo has played competitive sports since he was 5 years old and still does to this day, although the level of competition has dropped since his semi-professional days of soccer in Germany in the late ‘90s. Sojo is a 2009 graduate of Columbia College Chicago with a degree in Sports Journalism and is a recipient of the 2009 Society of Professional Journalists Mark of Excellence Award.

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