It is now six defeats in a row for Netherlands U21’s after they conceded three penalties in a 4-1 loss to France in Sedan on Monday evening.

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000000jong ornjInterim coach Remy Reijnierse named an attacking line-up that featured a front three of Anwar El Ghazi, Jean-Paul Boetius, and Ricardo Kishna, but from the start the French side took control.

After dominating the French finally opened the scoring when Terence Kongolo gave away a penalty, and Yassine Benzia made no mistake in beating Maarten de Fockert. After the goal Netherlands finally came into the game, with Dordrecht midfielder Joris van Overeem hitting the woodwork before the break.

On 55 minutes Fockert gave France a 2nd penalty which Anthony Martial scored, and the Monaco forward added another just after the hour mark.

Ajax winger Queensy Menig was handed his U21 debut and he pulled one back for Netherlands with a fantastic strike, but any chance of a comeback was ended when France were awarded their 3rd penalty for a foul by Sven van Beek and Tolisso made it 4-1.

After losses to Slovakia, Georgia, Portugal x2, Germany and now France, Netherlands U21’s will have to wait until the Euro qualifying gets underway in September against Cyprus to finally taste victory again. A new coach should be in place by that time with FC Eindhoven boss Jean-Paul de Jong linked with the post today.

Netherlands line-up: De Fockert, Karsdorp, Woudenberg, Van Beek, Kongolo (75. Tete), Ayoub (67. Leemans), Vilhena, Van Overeem (75. Hardeveld), Kishna (65. Janssen), El Ghazi (75. Klaiber), Boëtius (65. Menig)

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