A shocking error from right back Daryl Janmaat handed the Czech Republic a 2-1 win against Netherlands in the opening game of the Euro 2016 qualifiers for the Dutch.

jan czeAfter the disappointing defeat to Italy on Thursday, Guus Hiddink decided to change back to the 5-3-2 formation that was successful for Louis van Gaal at the World Cup. However Netherlands were disappointing early on, and failed to trouble the Czech’s with Robin van Persie isolated up front, and Memphis Depay unable to get on the ball.

Czech Republic defended resolutely and deservedly took the lead on 22 minutes when Boreck Dockel smashed first time off the post, and past a stranded Jasper Cillessen, from the edge of the box.

Guus Hiddink clearly fed up of his teams performance in the opening 30 minutes decided to change back to a 4-3-3 and brought on Luciano Narsingh for defender Joel Veltman. The change improved Netherlands, and Depay stung the palms of Petr Cech from distance, while Narsingh got in behind the defence but couldn’t bundle the ball into the net.

The second half saw Netherlands continue to press for the equaliser, and on 55 minutes Stefan de Vrij headed Daley Blind’s excellent cross past Cech to level the scores.

Netherlands failed to capitalise on the equaliser with Depay’s header, which was saved by Cech, was the only real chance created in the latter stages.

Then in injury time a poor looking ball into the box from Czech Republic looked likely to be cleared by Janmaat, but the right back stupidly tried to head back to Jasper Cillessen, and the misjudged touch came back off the post and allowed Vaclav Pilar a tap in, to hand the hosts victory.

Its now two losses out of two for Guus Hiddink, and Netherlands get off to a poor start on their journey to the Euro 2016 championships in France.

Netherlands now have to wait until October to get their campaign back on track with a home game against Kazakhstan and a trip to Iceland.




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