Netherlands out of Euro 2016 as van Persie scores own goal against Czech Republic
Wednesday, October 14, 2015
The match was held in thein the Dutch capital. , 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 sixand one . 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 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., by , scored. assisted for the second goal, scoring in the bottom left corner.
In the second half, Robin van Persie scored anin the 66th minute, providing the visitors a 3–0 lead. The Dutch side won a corner in the 70th minute, from which reduced the goal difference with a header, assisted by .
Later, in the 83rd minute, van Persie scored in the correct net, making it 2–3 for the Netherlands, assisted by. In the next minute, van Persie was booked for .
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.
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