European championship qualification: Netherlands manage Last-Minute win against Northern Ireland


A quarter of an hour before the end, Northern Ireland is still dreaming of the surprise victory in Rotterdam. But then the Oranje-Elf the better end for himself, and the evil foreboding of Ronald Koeman dissolves in air.

Memphis Depay is in the game against Northern Ireland with a two-goal match-winner of the “Elftal”

The bond coach knew it, almost. “There is absolutely no reason for comfort”, was Ronald Koeman, the coach of the Dutch national football team warned, before the European championship qualifier against Northern Ireland in Rotterdam. “We have to qualify yet.” To this goal, the Oranje-Eleven with the 3:1 (0:0)-got success against Northern Ireland, although a large step closer. But with fame has not covered the team.

The highly acclaimed team captain Virgil van Dijk made against the ulsterman, who defended with man and mouse, although over the entire duration of the game, made but tons of play errors, and remained in the Offensive action and concentration. In other words: to be convenient, as it coach Koeman had predicted. Then the crew from the green island ice-cold struck suddenly. Eight minutes after coming on for Josh Magennis spent the Northern Irishman at the first really dangerous attack of the guests with a Header from five yards in the lead (75.).

Double pack of Depay

The goal acted as a Wake-up call for the Dutch. Memphis Depay poked the Ball in from eight metres with Pike balancing in the goal (80.). In the injury time of the brought in veteran Luuk de Jong moved to the “Elftal” on the road to victory. After a long edge of the 29-Year-old carried on the right-hand post but the Ball artistically in the direction of gate and high crack then the leg, to make sure that the Ball was behind the line: 2:1 (90.+1).

Luuk de Jong (2.v.l.) safe: the Ball is in

Thereafter, the resistance of the Northern Irish was broken. Depay made his second goal, the cover (90.+4). And bond coach Koeman, the it is no longer held in the final phase on the Bank, breathed a sigh of relief. His bad feeling had dissolved in air.

Estonia gets first point

In the table of group C, the Netherlands extruded with that of Germany, despite point – and Torgleichheit (12 points, 17:6 goals) due to the better performance in a direct comparison of square one. The third Northern Ireland (12 points, 8:7 goals). Tail light Estonia, after the 2:2 in a test game against Argentina on Sunday in Tallinn next opponent in the DFB-Teams (kick-off at 20.45 CEST, starting from 20.30, in the DW-Audio-the Livestream), won the first point in the world Cup qualifiers with a 0:0 in Belarus. There is, therefore, – to speak to Ronald Koeman – no reason at all for convenience.