Netherlands U21 quest for more crown

Netherlands U21 quest for more crown

Netherlands U21 begins their journey for another title in the Euro U21, when they go against Belgium U21, for their opener. These two teams are from Group A, and both are looking to win their first match to keep their momentum going. Netherlands have won the 2006 and 2007 editions of the contest, while Belgium have yet to make a participation in the finals. Moreover, these two teams only have five games in their history. From those matches, Netherlands have won twice, while Belgium have one win, and the remaining matches ended in draw. Furthermore, these two teams last met each other in September 2022, where the Netherlands claimed a 2-1 win. This meeting will be on June 22, 2023, at 12:00 AM (GMT+8).

Netherlands U21

Euro Under-21: Netherlands
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Netherlands booked their spot in the contest when they finished their qualifiers group stage at the top. They sat at the top of Group E in the qualifiers, where they finished with 26 points from their 10 matches. Additionally, Netherlands are coming into this game with a good momentum, as they are currently in an unbeaten run. Netherlands remain to be unbeaten in their last 15 matches, where they won 10, and are now aiming to extend this run. This is the result of Netherland’s consistency from their matches, as they were able to keep their pace going. However, they are going against a very capable team, so they cannot be overconfident coming into this match. Their opponent have been posing a threat to their opponents, and they are no different. Despite their confidence, the Netherlands should go all-out in this match.

Sepp van den Berg will be unavailable for this match after he sustained an injury, that forced him to pull-off from their squad. Meanwhile, Ryan Gravenberch, Devyne Rensch, and Kenneth Taylor are not called up for this squad.

Belgium U21

Euro U21: Belgium
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Belgium on the other hand qualified for the Euro U21 after finishing at the top of their group as well. They were able to score 20 points from their eight games, putting them at the top of their group. Additionally, what gives Belgium more confidence here is their win against Israel on their last match. It was just a friendly match, where Belgium took home a 2-0 win against Israel. It was Nicolas Raskin, and Omri Gandelman who gave Israel the win on that match. However, it looks like Belgium is getting more challenged in eight of their last 11 matches, where they had less than three goals. Fortunately, Belgium is a very capable team, so they stand a chance to win in this match. In fact, over their past matches, they have been posed as a threat for other teams.

Lois Openda is expected to be called upon in this match to lead Belgium for their campaign. Additionally, Charles De Ketelaere is also participating here, despite having a rough journey with AC Milan.


Netherlands U21 (2.0)
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