Netherlands out of Euro 2016 as van Persie scores own goal against Czech Republic

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.

Robin van Persie, who scored the own goal, pictured from file last year.
Image: Kathi Rudminat.

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 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic 10 7 1 2 19 14 5 22
2 Flag of Iceland.svg Iceland 10 6 2 2 17 6 11 20
3 Flag of Turkey.svg Turkey 10 5 3 2 14 9 5 18
4 Flag of the Netherlands.svg The Netherlands 10 4 1 5 17 14 3 13
5 Flag of Kazakhstan.svg Kazakhstan 10 1 2 7 7 18 -11 5
6 Flag of Latvia.svg Latvia 10 0 5 5 6 19 -13 5

The Netherlands Flag of the Netherlands.svg 2 – 3 Flag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic Amsterdam ArenA, Amsterdam
Referee: Damir Skomina, Slovenia
Huntelaar Scored after 70 minutes 70' Booked after 20 minutes 20'
van Persie Scored after 83 minutes 83' Booked after 84 minutes 84'
Blind Booked after 30 minutes 30'
Sneijder Booked after 88 minutes 88'
Kadeřábek Scored after 24 minutes 24'
Šural Scored after 35 minutes 35'
van Persie Scored after 66 minutes 66' (o.g.)
Skalák Booked after 41 minutes 41'
Suchý Sent off after 43' 43'
Selassie Booked after 90+2 minutes 90+2'

Match stats


The Netherlands Czech Republic


13 12

  Shots on target

4 3


6 5


6 5
4 2
0     1

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