The Juniors booked a resounding victory on Thursday-evening in qualifying for the European Championship 2021. As expected, the team of national coach Erwin van de Looi had no child in Venlo: 5-0.
Jong Oranje supreme against plagued Jong Gibraltar
Halfway through it was already 3-0 in Stadium De Koel by goals from captain Dani de Wit (two hits) and Ferdi Kadioglu. In the second half, Deyovaisio Zeefuik and debutant Jurgen Ekkelenkamp increased the margin to five. The Juniors registered their tenth victory in a row, setting a record.
With the problem-free victory, Van de Looi’s team also took a new step towards a ticket for next year’s European Under-21 Championship in Hungary and Slovenia. The Juniors have won everything so far and are in the lead in group 7 with 21 points. That is nine more than Young Portugal, which has played two games less.
Last but not least, Jong Gibraltar has lost everything so far, has not scored a single time and conceded 34 goals in seven games. The number one of each group and the five best numbers two qualify for the European Championship, which is split into a group stage (March 24-31) and a knock-out tournament (May 31-June 6).
The Juniors had to do without PSV defender Jordan Teze in Venlo, who tested positive for the corona virus and returned home on Thursday. Kjell Scherpen was the replacement for the injured Justin Bijlow against Young Gibraltar. Joshua Zirkzee and Ekkelenkamp made their debut after the break. The Juniors will resume the European Championship qualification on Tuesday with an away match against Young Cyprus.
Captain Dani de Wit was important for the Dutch Juniors with two goals. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Beforehand, it was not the question whether, but with what numbers would the Juniors win against Young Gibraltar. It was therefore no surprise that the home team already scored after six minutes. Myron Boadu got the ball on the left after a quick free kick by Cody Gakpo and passed to De Wit, who easily tapped in.
The quick goal was initially not followed up appropriately. The Juniors played sloppy and used a slow pace, but after more than twenty minutes it was still hit. Captain De Wit signed on a pass from Mitchel Bakker for his second goal of the evening and his tenth in this European Championship qualification.
Five minutes before half-time, the Juniors also came to 3-0 against the hopeless Gibraltar without really turning it on. Kadioglu shot the ball through the middle through goalkeeper Bradley Banda. On the other side, goalkeeper Scherpen did not have to intervene for a moment before the break.
That was no different in the second half. The Juniors were supreme and had quite a few chances, but it took until the 69th minute before the 4-0 was a fact. Zeefuik first headed at goalkeeper Banda, but the right back cashed in on the rebound.
In the 78th minute, Ekkelenkamp was awarded his first minutes in the jersey of the Juniors and less than a minute later the Ajax player was already accurate with his head. It also stayed at 5-0, which meant that the troubled Jong Gibraltar kept the damage in Venlo somewhat limited after the break.