Striker Wout Weghorst’s early aim ensured the Netherlands clinched a berth at subsequent 12 months’s European Championship as they beat Ireland 1-0 on the Johan Cruyff Arena on Saturday to complete second in Group B.
Weghorst broke free from simply contained in the Irish half and, regardless of choices to his left, determined to steam straight in direction of aim and strike a rasping effort that crashed into the roof of the web after 12 minutes.
The win took the Dutch to fifteen factors, six behind group winners France — who’ve a 100% file after their seven group matches — however out of the attain of Greece in third place.
Ronald Koeman’s crew end their marketing campaign on Tuesday away to Gibraltar, who have been thrashed 14-0 by France in Nice on Saturday.
The injury-plagued Dutch, with out many of their regulars, outplayed the Irish for many of the sport and created a number of half possibilities however have been unable so as to add to their lead, regardless of the most effective efforts of an assault led by Cody Gakpo.
Tijani Reijnders had his 52nd minute shot deflected onto the upright by goalkeeper Gavin Bazunu and there have been some courageous blocks from defenders to disclaim a number of Dutch photographs at aim.
Ireland thought that they had equalised when substitute Adam Idah’s shot spilt by way of keeper Bart Verbruggen’s palms with aim line expertise confirming it had crossed the road within the sixty fifth, however VAR discovered Idah was offside when he obtained the ball.
It was the one second of pleasure for the travelling assist because the Irish, who completed on six factors after six defeats in eight matches, not often conjured up any possibilities.
It is predicted to be the final aggressive outing for supervisor Stephen Kenny, with Ireland taking part in a pleasant towards New Zealand in Dublin on Tuesday.
The Dutch have now certified for his or her eleventh European Championship.
“I think we can be proud of ourselves,” stated captain Virgil van Dijk. “With all the injuries, we put on a good show.”
The defender stated he hoped injured gamers like midfielder Frenkie de Jong and striker Memphis Depay would quickly be again.
“I think we fought very well as a team and showed a lot of resilience. That bodes well. We can build on that. Hopefully the boys who are now injured can get fit and then it can be a great European Championship,” he added.