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Euro 2016: Czech Republic beat Netherlands 2-1

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09-10-2014 13:30 BJT

The Netherlands started their Euro 2016 qualification campaign yesterday when they took on the Czech Republic in a Group A clash in Prague. The Dutch side finished third in the World Cup and were looking to continue that brilliant performance on the continental stage.

The Czechs took control of the game in the 22nd minute. Borek Dockal , slamming into the net to give the hosts the lead. The sublime finish puts Hiddink on the brink of the second consecutive loss after Friday

The Czechs took control of the game in the 22nd minute. Borek Dockal , slamming into the net to give the hosts the lead. The sublime finish puts Hiddink on the brink of the second consecutive loss after Friday's defeat to Italy.

The Netherlands were playing without several keys players including Arjen Robben. The match was the first competitive game for Guus Hiddink since his return to the national side.

The loss of Robben showed as Hiddink's men failed to really pressure the hosts, even though Daley Blind proved active on the left flank.

The Czechs took control of the game in the 22nd minute. Borek Dockal , slamming into the net to give the hosts the lead. The sublime finish puts Hiddink on the brink of the second consecutive loss after Friday's defeat to Italy.

The Netherlands did come back 10 minutes into the second half. Blind picks out Stefan de Vrij who drives a header into the back of the net. It was 1-all.

The visitors had the chance to go ahead 11 minutes from time, but Memphis Depay's header dosen't cause enough trouble for Petr Cech.

It was the Czechs, however, who restored the edge in the stoppage time. Daryl Janmaat's back pass hits the post only for Vaclav Pilar to tuck into an empty net. Czech Republic would beat the Netherlands 2-1. 

"My conclusion is that it is not important the system-formation you play, 3-5-2 or 5-3-2 or 4-3-3, if you make so naive and silly mistakes than is not the issue of the formation. It's a very bitter feeling that we, after a few dangerous situations, have received the goal in last seconds of match, and in such way we lost the equal result," Hiddink said. 

Azzurri win first competitive match under coach Conte

After beating the Netherlands 2-0 last Friday, Italy would manage to carry that same good form into their Euro qualifier against Norway.

This game marks the first competitive match for the Azzurri's new manager Antonio Conte, who replaces Mario Balotelli with Simone Zaza up front. And 15 minutes in, the forward would repay the faith of his coach, driving a low shot into the near post, and giving the Italian a 1-0 lead. Mattia De Sciglio finds Zaza cutting into the box, and the Sassuolo  striker scores with ta cool finish.

The Norwegians offer a little resistance, only to see the visitors double their advantage around the hour mark, as Italy captain Leonardo Bonucci heads in the cross from Manuel Pasqual to make it 2-0.

In the 77th minute, Zaza almost scores his second goal of the match, as the 23-year-old slots past the keeper, but sees his effort hit the crossbar, leaving the score 2-0.

Only three minutes later, Zaza gets another chance, and breaks away from the defender, before beating the keeper with a perfect lob, only to have his effort cleared off the line, but Italy would hold on for a 2-0 win against the Scandinavians. 

In the 77th minute, Zaza almost scores his second goal of the match, as the 23-year-old slots past the keeper, but sees his effort hit the crossbar, leaving the score 2-0.

In the 77th minute, Zaza almost scores his second goal of the match, as the 23-year-old slots past the keeper, but sees his effort hit the crossbar, leaving the score 2-0.

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