Netherlands U19’s booked their place at the European Championships this summer after a 4-0 win over Switzerland.

  • By Michael Bell
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ora u19fGoing into the match both Norway and Netherlands were tied at the top of the group on four points, with Serbia a point behind and Switzerland out of it after two defeats. Netherlands and Norway’s goal difference was exactly the same and Aron Winter knew his side needed to beat Switzerland handsomely to book their place in the European Championships this July.

Switzerland started the game well, but after 21 minutes Pelle van Amersfoort met a corner to set up Ajax defender Jairo Riedewald for the opening goal. Before the break it was 2-0 as Dabney dos Santos set Abdelhak Nouri free, and the Ajax midfielder calmly slotted in a second. At the halfway point in the other match Norway were beating Serbia 2-0 so everything was on the line heading into the second period.

Luckily everything went the way of the Oranje, with Serbia coming from behind to beat Norway 4-2, while Pelle van Amersfoort and Nouri added extra goals for the Netherlands to give them a comfortable 4-0 victory.

Netherlands join France, Austria, Russia, Germany and hosts Greece in the eight team tournament with two groups still to be decided.


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