Netherlands are on the brink of exiting the 2016 Euros as they host the Czech Republic in Amsterdam on Tuesday.

  • By Michael Bell

jan czeNetherlands started their disappointing campaign with a defeat in Prague, and it will end on Tuesday with the Czech Republic visiting Amsterdam.

Only one scenario will see the Orange avoid huge embarrassment and qualify for France next summer. Netherlands need to beat the Czech Republic and hope Turkey lose at home to already qualified Iceland, who have drawn their last two matches against Kazakhstan and Latvia.

However coach Danny Blind is not giving up hope, “We have to win and we are focused on that and then hope the other match result works out for us,”

Netherlands go into the game with a squad depleted by injuries, including those suffered by first choice goalkeepers Jasper Cillessen and Tim Krul during Saturday’s 2-1 win over Kazakhstan. Feyenoord’s Kenneth Vermeer and Southampton’s Maarten Stekelenburg have been called into the squad, while Gregory van der Wiel is included after seeing out a suspension.

Blind indicated that he would not make many changes from the team that beat Kazakhstan and it is likely Jeroen Zoet with get the nod to start in goal.

Possible Netherlands line-up: Zoet, Tete, Riedewald, Van Dijk, Bruma, Blind, Sneijder, Wijnaldum, El Ghazi, Memphis, Van Persie

The Czech Republic have already qualified for the Euro’s and they fielded a second string side for the defeat to Turkey in Prague on Saturday. It is likely that player’s such as Petr Cech and Tomas Necid come into the side for the game in Amsterdam.

With Turkey in form and determined to reach the Euro’s it is unlikely that they will suffer the defeat that is needed for Netherlands to qualify, but the Oranje need to do their job and defeat the Czechs.

Should Netherlands fate be sealed on Tuesday and they miss out on a first European Championships since 1984 then a likely inquest at the KNVB will take place to determine how it has gone so wrong for last year’s World Cup semi-finalists.

The Oranje fans just need to hope for a miracle.

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