Thanks to a resounding 7-0 win in Belarus, the young Dutch Team remains without loss of points in the European Championships series. Myron Boadu, Dani de Wit (both twice), Teun Koopmeiners, Kaj Sierhuis and Abdou Harroui made the goals for the team of interim-bond coach Marcel Groninger.
Next Tuesday, at 8 PM, the Dutch Team will play its sixth group game in group seven in Almere against Young Norway.
In Zjodino, the Dutch had the initiative from the start and after the seventh minute was still facing ten Belarusians after Dimitri Pristsjepa got the red card.
The first five goals came from the feet of three players from AZ. Boadu hit a goal from close range on two minutes from Jordan Teze and Koopmeiners cashed in a penalty kick after eight minutes from Pristsjepa’s hands. Boadu made it 3-0 after half an hour after good preparation by Ferdi Kadioglu.
The Dutch predominance persisted after half-time. Also the fourth and fifth goal were AZ-make; De Wit scored with a header and a marker and both times Noa Lang was the referee. Sierhuis made the 0-6 with a header and co-inventor Harroui shot the 0-7 on the scoreboard.
With Cody Gakpo, Tahith Chong, Deyovaisio Zeefuik, Daishawn Redan and Javairo Dilrosun, the Dutch Team missed five important players.
The first one was missing because of a painful wisdom tooth, while the other four were called back from the trip to Belarus by their German clubs. Because of the German quarantine rules, Werder Bremen and Hertha BSC did not want to relinquish the players to the Dutch Junior Team.
According to the Bundesligaclubs, the trio would have to spend five days in quarantine if they were in Belarus, to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
The Dutch government recently made an exception to the quarantine rules for the soccer players of the Dutch and Dutch youth, they do not have to be quarantined if they have traveled for internationals, in Germany, however, the rules differ per state and they are not the same everywhere as in the Netherlands.
In the European Championships series the nine number one and the best number two qualify for the final round. The remaining eight numbers two compete in the play-offs for four remaining tickets.
New European Championship set-up
The European Championship, which will take place in Hungary and Slovenia in 2021, will be cut into two parts. A group stage with sixteen participants in March 2021 and a final round with eight teams. This knockout phase will be held from 31 May to 6 June 2021.