The Dutch Juniors took a big step towards the European Championship of 2021 on Tuesday. The team of national coach Erwin van de Looi was 2-0 too strong for Young Norway in Almere.
Botman makes his debut
The Juniors seemed to lose points for the first time in the qualifying series for the European Championship, but substitute Noa Lang and Myron Boadu made the liberating 1-0 and 2-0 in the final phase.
Due to the victory over Young Norway, the still clear leader of the Juniors has eighteen points after six games. Young Portugal is the first pursuer with twelve points from five games.
The European Championship qualifying series continues for the Juniors on October 8 with a home game against Young Gibraltar, which has not yet scored any points after six matches and has not even scored.
The number one in each group and the best number two will qualify directly for the European Under-21 Championship, which will be held in Hungary and Slovenia next year. The other numbers two compete in the play-offs for the last four tickets.
Noa Lang signed for the opening goal. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Van de Looi was back on the bench as a coach at the Dutch Juniors after temporarily strengthening the technical staff of the Dutch national team in recent days. His duties were taken over at the Dutch Juniors by assistant coach Marcel Groninger.
Sven Botman, who exchanged Ajax for Lille in France this summer, started in the base and made his debut for the Dutch Juniors. Hertha BSC players Deyovaisio Zeefuik and Javairô Dilrosun also appeared at the kick-off, after they were still missing against Young Belarus due to the corona crisis.
The first half in the Yanmar Stadium was little fun. The Juniors had the best chances, but a header from Dani de Wit and a bet by Dilrosun did not result in a goal. Boadu even hit the bar just before the break.
The Juniors had also all won the first five European Championship qualifying matches. (Photo: Pro Shots)
After the break the game became more exciting. Ferdi Kadioglu soon got a nice chance to open the score, but then the Juniors escaped twice. Jens Hauge shot face to face with goalkeeper Justin Bijlow wide and Hakon Evjen did not punish a mistake by AZ teammate Teun Koopmeiners by carelessly broadcasting the ball.