The Netherlands did not reach the finals of the Euro 2016 tournament tonight when they were beaten 3-2 by the Czech Republic in Amsterdam and therefore finished fourth in Group A and missed out on the playoffs.
Newcastle had four players in the Dutch squad for this International break, but two were injured – Daryl Janmaat injured a knee and had to return to Newcastle almost immediately and Tim Krul had a season-ending ACL knee injury on Saturday night when playing in Kazakhstan.
Gini Wijnaldum – played the whole game tonight
Things didn’t improve for the Dutch tonight when they lost 3-2 to the Czech Republic in Amsterdam – a game they had to win if they were to be third in their group and qualify for the playoffs.
Not only did the Netherlands have to win their game tonight but Turkey had to lose, and Turkey managed to beat Iceland 1-0 at home with a goal just before the end from Selcuk Inan.
So even if the Netherlands had managed to win they would have still finished 4th in the group.
This is the first time the Netherlands have not made it to a European Finals since 1984 – and they won it in 1988.
Two first half goals from Kaderabek after 24 minutes and Sural after 35 minutes gave the Czech Republic a comfortable 2-0 half-time lead.
There was some hope for the Dutch when after 43 minutes the Czech Republic were down to 10 men when Suchy was given a straight red card for hauling down Memphis Depay when he was through on goal.
But after 66 minutes the Czech Republic went further ahead even with 10 men with a goal from van Persie who headed into his own net after a misunderstanding in the defense.
On 71 minutes Huntelaar got one back for the Dutch when he headed in past Cech from a Sneijder corner and then after 84 minutes Van Persie put the ball home following a flick from Bas Dost to make it 3-2.
Robin van Persie scored a goal for each team tonight.
Just before the end of the game there was news that Turkey had taken a late lead against Iceland with a goal direct from a free-kick from Selcuk Inan after 89 minutes after Newcastle target Gokhan Tore was sent off after 77 minutes for a bad foul.
Georginio Wijnaldum played the whole game tonight – in what was a sad night for the Dutch.