Sports Mole presents the shock of Monday’s European Under-21 Championship between Netherlands and France, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
the Netherlands Under 21 make the long trip to Budapest to undertake France Under 21 in the quarter-finals of the European Under-21 Championship, Monday evening.
Jong Oranje dominated Group A to secure their place in the round of 16 for the first time since 2013, while France took six points in three games to steal second place in Group C.
The 1-1 draws back-to-back with Romania and Germany were not an ideal way to start the debates for the Netherlands in the group stage – especially given their total dominance of the qualifying period – but they reached their pace of the final day beating Hungary 6-1 and sealing the first place in the group.
It took 42 minutes to Dani de Wit to break the deadlock with a calm arrival of the left foot, but the floodgates opened in the second period while Myron Boadu came home a penalty before Cody Gakpo (of them), Sven Botman and Brian Brobbey finished the rout, with Bendeguz Bolla adding consolation for Hungary from 12 yards.
With three teams stuck with five points at the end of the game in Group A, the Netherlands’ superior goal difference against Romania and Germany saw them finish at the top of the table on their return to the international stage, having failed to qualify for the tournament in 2015, 2017 and 2019.
however, Erwin van de LooThe squad simply went through their qualifying group with nine out of 10 wins and are well stocked when it comes to title winners, as Eredivisie champions Perr Schuurs and Ligue 1 medalist Botman are preparing to assemble the rearguard on Monday night.
With just one loss in his last 16 competitive matches in all competitions, Jong Oranje can feel quietly confident about his chances of triumphing in the tournament since 2007, but a grueling semi-final with Denmark or Germany awaits the winner of Monday’s draw. at the Bozsik Arena.
France’s only group stage blow came on Matchday 1 as they suffered a 1-0 defeat to future group winners Denmark but Sylvain RipollThe team won 2-0 consecutively against Russia and Iceland to take second place in Group C.
celtic hotshot Odsonne Edouard was unsurprisingly on the scoresheet each time, with Jonathan Ikoné and Matteo Guendouzi also waving the net in the group stage, and this talented generation of young Bleuets is without a doubt one of the favorites for the crown.
Like their quarter-final rivals, France took 27 out of 30 points offered in qualifying to advance to the appropriate tournament, and Ripoll’s staunch rearguard have conceded just three goals in their last nine matches. competition, although they lost Jules Kounde to a senior summons before the tournament.
Still, the 1988 European Under-21 Champions – who lost in the semi-finals to Spain in 2019 – are more than capable of doing better this time around, and the Bleuets have triumphed in 28 of their Last 36 European Under-21 meetings. before resuming hostilities with the Netherlands.
The Netherlands won a spectacular 3-2 overtime victory over France in the two teams’ last meeting at the 2006 European Under-21 Championship – which Jong Oranje ultimately won – but a Antoine MartialThe Inspired Bleuets enjoyed a 4-1 friendly match in 2015.
Form of the European Under-21 Championship of the Netherlands:
Form of the European Under-21 Championship of France:
The Netherlands lost Gakpo and Teun Koopmeiners after both players were called up to the senior squad for Euro 2020, while Brobbey, Deyovaisio Zeefuik and Noa Lang will not participate due to injury.
Van de Looi welcomed uncapped 18-year-old Devyne Rensch to the team for the round of 16, while And Sierhuis and Calvin Steng – with 12 goals in 17 appearances for Jong Oranje combined – were also both recalled.
With Justin Kluivert Likely to cover the absent Gakpo on the left flank, Sierhuis has a good chance of teaming up with Boadu in the quarter-finals, especially after Brobbey should have retired due to an injury in training.
France Under-21 captain Guendouzi will play no part in the round of 16 after suffering a fractured metatarsus, while Wesley Fofana and Alexis Claude-Maurice have also succumbed to injuries and are not part of the squad.
two swimmers Alban Lafont and Randal Kolo Muani are currently fighting to save their squad from the fall of the Ligue 1 relegation / promotion playoffs with Toulouse and will not participate either.
Marseille pilot Boubacar Kamara has been overlooked, but there are returns for the Lyon midfielder duo Houssem Aouar and Maxence Caqueret, as well as the future defender of Bayern Munich Dayot upamecano.
Uncapped duo Etienne Green and Axel Disasi were also included after impressing in Ligue 1, while Liverpool’s new boy Ibrahima Konate should associate Benoit Badiashile in defense after Kounde’s appeal.
Possible starting line-up for under-21s from the Netherlands:
aiguiser; Teze, Schuurs, Botman, Bakker; Harroui; Stengs, De Wit, Kluivert; Maison ornamentale, Boadu
Starting composition possible for children under 21 from France:
Meslier; Dagba, Konaté, Badiashile, Truffert; Tchouameni, Soumaré, Aouar; Ikone, Edouard, Gouiri
We say: Netherlands Under 21 1-2 France Under 21
This young France side would undoubtedly give most senior teams a good run for their money, and questions will surely be asked if Ripoll cannot lead this team to the final, even with a number of new injuries.
The Netherlands certainly have the quality in the future to hurt France, but when the formidable trio Edouard, Ikone and Amine Goiri are in good shape, there should be no stops for the Bleuets en route to the last four.