Netherlands U17’s were beaten 4-1 on penalties after a 1-1 draw with England in the final of the European Championships.

  • By Michael Bell
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u17 schuurmNetherlands reached the final after beating Turkey, England, and hosts Malta in the group stages before hammering Scotland 5-0 in the Semi-Finals.

However the final proved to be one step too far as England triumphed 4-1 on penalties after a hugely entertaining end to end 1-1 draw on Wednesday evening. Chelsea striker Dominic Solanke gave England the lead on 25 minutes, but Feyenoord midfielder Jari Schuurman equalised on the stroke of half time.

The second half saw both sides create chances, but neither could find a winner in the ninety minutes, and the match was decided on penalties. PSV striker Dani van der Moot, and Feyenoord’s Calvin Verdonk both missed their spot kicks as England clinically dispatched all four to win the trophy.

So Netherlands don’t add to their U-17 Euro wins from 2011, and 2012, but Maarten Stekelenburg’s side had been a joy to watch throughout the tournament. Players such as Schuurman, Abdelhak Nouri, Steven Bergwijn, and Bilal Ould-Chikh have all impressed, and the future looks bright for the Oranje.

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