Netherlands U21’s lost 2-1 in Doetinchem to Scotland U21’s and can now forget about reaching next years European Championships.

Erwin van de Looi knew a victory for his side was crucial if they were to keep their chances of finishing as one of the four best runners up alive.

Netherlands started brightly but Scotland went closest in the opening stages with Michael Johnston hitting the post. Teun Koopmeiners also hit the woodwork before the break, while Sam Lammers and Thomas Ouwejan also missed decent chances.

Eight minutes after the break, a dominant Netherlands gifted Scotland the lead. Justin Bijlow came racing out his goal to clear the ball but could only find Fraser Hornby who controlled his shot into an empty net.

Van de Looi changed Lammers and Ouwejan for Bart Ramselaar and Richario Zivkovic in search for a way back into the game. Guus Til saw a header tipped over the bar before Koopmeiners found the equaliser with a deflected free-kick.

Netherlands poured forward looking for the much-needed winner but a few minutes from the end, Pablo Rosario pulled down Lewis Ferguson in the box leading to a red-card and penalty. Hornby made no mistake to book another victory over Netherlands for Scotland and end Jong Oranje’s chances of reaching the Euros.

Netherlands are now fourth in their group with two games remaining. Pride is now what is at stake for van de Looi.

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