The Dutch youth have 10 points after four of the 10 matches to be played, and Young leads Switzerland with 13 points from five matches. The two teams played against each other in Switzerland last month (2-2). The winning group of the nine groups and the best number two qualify directly for the European Championships, which will be held in Georgia and Romania in a year and a half. The other 8 numbers 2 compete in the playoffs for the remaining 4 cards.
The Dutch promises will continue their qualifying series on Monday afternoon with an away game against the last scorer still without goals, Gibraltar.
The young Dutch did not start well against the Bulgarians. Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper Gil Sherpin misjudged Martin Minchev’s shot in the 19th minute. The striker fired the ball, consciously or unintentionally, into the short corner. Scherpen was a little off his streak and fell halfway through the comeback: 0-1.
Ex-Ajax player Jurgen Eklenkamp came close to equalizing shortly thereafter, but goalkeeper Damien Hristof curled the ball out of his line. The equalizer came before the end of the first half. Ian Matsen was in the right place to pass the ball off the rebound.
After the break, the initiative lies more with the Van de Looi team. Substitute Micky van de Veen of VFL Wolfsburg, making his debut, gave the cross to Joshua Zirkzee in the 46th minute. The striker managed to score because Hristof left the ball. The ball looked like it had crossed the back line when Van de Veen passed the ball, but the referee decided that was not the case.
Zerkzy was also interested in the third goal of the Netherlands Juniors. About a penalty kick, which was awarded after a foul on Eckelenkamp.
The Dutch juniors were stranded this year in the last European Championship in the semi-finals. Young Germany was the best in Hungary.
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