Young Orange seemed to pull an extension out of the fire against Young France with hanging and strangling, but then minute 93 arrived: Myron Boadu guided his team to the semi-finals of the Youth European Championships against all odds. Football first discusses six points of discussion after this sizzling conclusion.
Top result against the top favoriteOf course it was not against Budapest: Boadu seemed to be sidelined from the first goal and France clearly prevailed in the final phase. However, Jong Oranje has done a top performance against perhaps the strongest team of the tournament. Federal coach Erwin van de Looi had a significantly lesser selection at his disposal compared to the group phase, but saw his team perform maximum performance.
Back to the drawing table Van de Looi also gets the opportunity to work on one controversial point: the defensive organisation in standard situations. The team‘s most physical man — Sven Botman — was one of four players to guard the zone in the goalmouth, while Calvin Stengs faced the colossal Dayot Upamecano. It was asking for problems and they came after 24 minutes.
Feyenoord duo leads the DansThe biggest exciters of Jong Orange were in the back. Perr Schuurs grew in the competition, but it was mainly his Feyenoord colleagues who stole the show. Justin Bijlow dragged Jong Orange through a difficult second half, and Malacia was at the forefront of the battle. Will we see the goalkeeper and left-back soon in the big Orange? Especially Bijlow rattles at the gate, provided he stays fit for a whole season.
AZ duo could be improved, despite the heroic role CCEIT analysts Theo Janssen and Ibrahim Afellay had to run to their place in the studio after the spectacular conclusion, but did not lose sight of reality. Calvin Stengs led into the winning goal and Boadu became the hero of the evening, but the acclaimed AZ duo did not play a happy match, they noted. Despite their leading role in Budapest, it is still very questionable whether Stengs and Boadu are ready for a step abroad. Maybe first outgrow the Eredivisie and only then make the move? Whether manager Mino Raiola thinks it’s a good idea or not…
Myron Boadu is doing it! In the final seconds of the match, he decides the quarterfinals against France: 2-1 🧡 Young Orange disables the title favorite and takes place in the semi-final #nedfra pic.twitter.com/wbk108pnFF
—CCEit Football (@ CCEitFootball) May 31, 2021
Team spirit versus Million Enupamecano (Bayern Munich), Ibrahima Konaté (Liverpool), Houssem Aouar (Olympique Lyon), Eduardo Camavinga (Stade Rennes), who was not even allowed to fall in, and so on. The French selection is full of talent and represents millions in transfer value, but is already allowed on holiday. Jong Oranje started a match for a change as an underdog, but fought collectively for every meter. Van de Looi has forged a team, so much is clear.
On the way to the title? Next appointment: Székesfehérvár, Thursday evening 9pm, against Denmark or Germany. The young Mannschaft is a horde to take, we know since the group phase. Denmark has previously won this tournament from France and is therefore an opponent not to be underestimated. The fact is, however, that Jong Oranje is only two victories away from the European title, knowing that the tournament favourite has already been disabled. Van de Looi has to keep his players on the ground, but we can safely dream…
(Hein Nooijens/Football scoop)