Netherlands U21’s have been drawn against Portugal in the play-offs for the 2015 European Championships.

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van ginkorNetherlands found themselves unseeded for Friday’s draw after defeats to both Slovakia and Georgia in the past few weeks saw Adrie Koster’s side finish second in their group. They will now need to beat Portugal over two legs if they are to make it to the tournament in the Czech Republic next summer.

Portugal, coached by former international Rui Jorge, were the only nation to make it through the group stages without losing a single point after winning all eight of their matches.

Coach Adrie Koster will be hoping to steal Memphis Depay, Stefan de Vrij, Bruno Martins Indi, and Davy Klaassen back from the full Netherlands squad for the two matches, but with Guus Hiddink’s side making a poor start to their European Championship qualifying campaign they may be needed against Kazakhstan and Iceland.

The first leg will be played on the 9th of October in AZ Alkmaar’s AFAS stadion before the second leg a week later in Portugal.


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