czech republic vs Netherlands

An error from Daryl Janmaat allowed Vaclav Pilar to
score a stoppage time winner as the Czech Republic
kicked off their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign by
beating the Netherlands 1-0 on Tuesday night.
It was the World Cup semi-finalists who started the
strongest, but chances were difficult to come by as the
Czech defence held firm for the majority of the first half.
The deadlock was broken by the Czechs in the 22nd
minute when Borek Dockal received the ball from David
Lafata on the edge of the box, before firing an
unstoppable half-volley home off the inside of the post.
Guus Hiddink’s side wasted a chance to draw level
almost immediately as Georginio Wijnaldum was caught
in two minds while in plenty of space after Daley Blind
had picked out his teammate with an inch-perfect
cross.
Improvements were made by the visitors when Hiddink
abandoned the 3-5-2 formation late in the first half, but
their frustration continued as Petr Cech pushed over a
powerful effort from Memphis Depay .
The Dutch started the second half in control, and it was
another Blind delivery which produced the equaliser in
the 56th minute as a deep cross reached Stefan de Vrij ,
whose header left Cech with no chance of protecting his
side’s lead.
Chances were rare following the equaliser, but Vladimir
Darida did come close to restoring the lead for the hosts
when his low shot from the edge of the box drifted just
wide of the post.
The pressure was on the Czech defenders as the match
entered the closing stages, and they were left breathing
a sigh of relief when Cech kept hold of a Depay header.
It should have been 2-1 to the hosts late on, but Vaclav
Prochazka missed a chance when he headed over at the
back post from Tomas Rosciky’s corner.
However, there was still time for a late twist as
Janmaat inadvertently headed against his own post
while trying to find Jasper Cillessen , allowing Pilar to
tap home from close range to secure the win.

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