The Dutch Team is well on its way to placement for the European Championships in 2021. Due to late goals by Noa Lang and Myron Boadu, Jong Norway was defeated 2-0 on Tuesday-evening in Almere.
The team of national coach Erwin van de Looi is still unbeaten in the qualifying series. The lead on number two Portugal has now grown to six points.
Moderate first half
The base team of the Dutch Junior Team had changed in three places compared to last Friday’s game with Belarus (7-0). Sven Botman made his debut, while Hertha BSC-players Deyovaisio Zeefuik and Javairô Dilrosun were present this time.
The pair were not allowed to travel to Belarus by their club (just like Daishawn Redan) because of the strict German quarantine rules last week.
Van de Looi in turn returned to the bench with the Dutch Junior Team, after having assisted interim-bond coach Dwight Lodeweges with the Dutch national team during the past international period. In Belarus, Marcel Groninger still had final responsibility.
Under the watchful eye of Lodeweges, the Dutch Team could hardly make a fist at first. In the first half, only Boadu was close to scoring a goal. The striker from AZ headed the ball onto the bar after a tight cross by Teun Koopmeiners.
Big chances for Norway
Where the stiff Norwegians were holding back before the break, they almost got the lead at the start of the second half. A Jens Petter Hauge effort went just wide of Justin Bijlow’s goal. Moments later AZ’er Håkon Evjen shot wide as well.
The Dutch Team countered attempts by Boadu and Ryan Gravenberch. However, the Norwegian keeper was passed for the first time only ten minutes before time, when substitute Lang completed a cross from Dani de Wit nicely in the goal.
After the post then got in the way of the equalizer of Young Norway, Boadu made it 2-0 in injury time after an individual action.