Vitesse’s 1-1 draw with Lazio on Thursday confirmed that no Dutch side will progress in Europe past the winter for the first time since the 1998/99 season.

  • By Michael Bell
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After Ajax’s race to the Europa League final last season, Dutch football has been brought back down to earth with all five clubs who entered Europe at the start of the season knocked out by December.

Vitesse were the last Dutch hope but their 1-1 draw in Italy on Thursday confirmed they will go no further in the Europa League, while Feyenoord were also knocked out earlier this week when they lost 1-0 at Manchester City in the Champions League. Ajax, PSV, and Utrecht all failed to make it past the preliminary rounds of the Europa League earlier this season.

It is the worst performance by Dutch clubs in Europe since the 1998/99 season when AZ, PSV, Feyenoord, Ajax and SC Heerenveen were all sent packing by the turn of the year.

Only last month, Netherlands failure to reach a second major tournament in a row was confirmed and now domestic football in the country has been dealt another big blow and one which hits the Dutch coefficient hard.

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