Netherlands and Danny Blind are under severe pressure heading into the World Cup qualifiers after Greece stunned the Oranje with a 2-1 win in Eindhoven.

oranje greeceThe victories over Poland and Austria earlier this summer had lifted some of the gloom surrounding the Dutch national team and they headed into the game with Greece under some optimism. The positivity was evident at the start of the game as Netherlands put Greece under pressure and got their reward on 14 minutes with Georginio Wijnaldum netting from close range after good work from Vincent Janssen.

However, after the opener Netherlands relinquished control and Greece began to come into the game. Petros Mantalos gave the Dutch defence a warning, before Greece eventually equalised before the half hour mark with Konstantinos Mitroglou given space in the box to head past Jeroen Zoet.

In the second half, Netherlands controlled possession but offered very little going forward and on 75 minutes a disastrous moment in defence gave Greece the lead. Jeffrey Bruma lost possession to Mitroglou, who saw his effort saved by Zoet before  Giannis Gianniotas knocked in the rebound.

With fifteen minutes to find an equaliser Netherlands attacked but Janssen couldn’t find the net with a strike that went just past the post, while the introduction of Bas Dost added little. Greece held on for the closing minutes comfortably to heap more pressure on the Dutch ahead of Tuesday’s tie in Sweden.

Blind now has a lot to think about and changes will be needed to ensure the Oranje don’t start another qualifying campaign with a defeat.




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