Netherlands have sealed their spot at the 2020 European Championships after a dull 0-0 draw against Northern Ireland.

Netherlands headed to Belfast knowing at least a draw was enough to book their place at Euro 2020.

Ronald Koeman was without star striker Memphis Depay, though, with Steven Berghuis starting on the right wing and Ryan Babel through the middle. Donny van de Beek replaced Georginio Wijnaldum, who was only fit for the bench.

With the crowd behind them, Northern Ireland made a fast start and they nearly scored after a big Jasper Cillessen error, but Netherlands survived. At the other end, Quincy Promes looked lively and he set up Berghuis for a chance, but the Feyenoord winger’s strike looped onto the bar.

Netherlands grew into the game but in the 30th minute, a penalty was given against Joel Veltman for a very harsh handball. Luckily for Oranje, Steven Davis blasted his spot-kick over the bar.

Koeman was visibly not enjoying his side’s performance and he made a change in the 36th minute, as Davy Propper came on for Marten de Roon, who was on a yellow card.

Babel and Van Dijk got half chances before the break but it did not result in an opening goal.

Netherlands dominated possession after the break but they failed to create any clear cut chances. Koeman decided to replace Berghuis with Luuk de Jong and the striker added more aerial threat. The Sevilla striker maybe should have had a penalty after being barged over in the box but a very tight offside call was given instead.

Netherlands never really threatened a winning goal as they played the game out for a goalless draw that seals their Euro 2020 place.

Netherlands do fall to second in the group, though, with Germany beating Belarus. That will matter little to Koeman who was solely focused on earning a spot at a major tournament for the first time since 2014.




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