Netherlands out of Euro 16 as van Persie scores own goal against Czech Republic
October 14, 2015, 17:41:20 CEST | Wikinews

Robin van Persie, who scored the own goal (Image: Kathi Rudminat.)
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 Czech Republic from group A qualified for the tournament as Turkey defeated Iceland 1–0 to gain third position in the group A.

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 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 it. Tomáš Necid assisted for the second goal, and Josef Šural scored in bottom left corner.





Robin van Persie, who scored the own goal
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 70th minute, from which Klaas-Jan Huntelaar reduced the goal difference with a header, assisted by Wesley Sneijder.

Later, in 83rd minute, van Persie scored in the correct net, making 2–3 for The Netherlands, assisted by Bas Dost. In the next minute, he was booked for diving.

The match ended in 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
Czech Republic
10
7
1
2
19
14
5
22


2
Iceland
10
6
2
2
17
6
11
20


3
Turkey
10
5
3
2
14
9
5
18


4
The Netherlands
10
4
1
5
17
14
3
13


5
Kazakhstan
10
1
2
7
7
18
-11
5


6
Latvia
10
0
5
5
6
19
-13
5

Source: Wikinews
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