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Netherlands on a high as Russia seek to respond

Published: Friday 7 June 2013, 23.05CET
Having chalked up contrasting results on Thursday, both due to late goals, the Netherlands and Russia lock horns in Jerusalem for the first time in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship.
Netherlands on a high as Russia seek to respond
Russia will hope to bounce back against the Netherlands ©Sportsfile
Published: Friday 7 June 2013, 23.05CET

Netherlands on a high as Russia seek to respond

Having chalked up contrasting results on Thursday, both due to late goals, the Netherlands and Russia lock horns in Jerusalem for the first time in the UEFA European Under-21 Championship.

On a high after their last-minute winner against Germany, the Netherlands play the second game of their finals campaign at the Teddy Stadium in Jerusalem with a first ever UEFA European Under-21 Championship meeting against Russia.

• In the first round of matches in Group B, the Netherlands flew into a two-goal lead against Germany, but were pegged back in the second half by the 2009 champions. However, Leroy Fer's 90th-minute header gave them all three points. There was also a late goal in Russia's opening game, though it went against Nikolai Pisarev's men, as they went down 1-0 against defending champions Spain.

Previous meetings
• Although they have never played in a competitive U21 fixture, the countries did meet in a friendly in Groningen on 6 February 2007. The Netherlands ran out 3-0 winners thanks to two goals from Otman Bakkal (23, 27) and another from Maceo Rigters (62).

• The teams at the Euroborg were:
Netherlands: Waterman, Van Buuren, Vlaar (Pieters 82), Kruiswijk (Schilder 46), Jong-A-Pin, Maduro (Koenders 46), Jenner, Aissati, McDonald (Rigters 46), Bakkal (Bruins 70), De Ridder (Medunjanin 70).
Russia: Khomich, Grigoryev, Shishkin, Taranov, Kontsedalov, D Kombarov (Mamaev 71), Kochubei (Starkov 22; Nagumanov 46), Yarkin, Rodenkov, Ryazantsev, Lutsenko (Dzyuba 77).

• The Soviet Union were 3-1 winners on aggregate against the Netherlands in the 1976 U23 competition, the forerunner of the European U21 Championship. A 3-0 victory in the first match in Moscow was the foundation for the success despite a 1-0 second-leg reverse in Kerkrade. The USSR went on to beat Hungary 3-2 in the two-legged final.

Match background
• The Netherlands are in the finals for the first time since 2007, when they claimed a second successive title on home soil with a 4-1 final defeat of Serbia in Groningen. They had lifted the trophy for the first time with a 3-0 defeat of Ukraine in Portugal 12 months previously.

• The Jong Oranje's only previous appearances in the final tournament came in 1998, when they lost to Norway in the third-place play-off, and 2000, when they failed to survive the group stage. They were also semi-finalists in 1988 and reached the last eight four years later.

• This is Russia's first finals appearance as an independent nation under the current format. They reached the quarter-finals in 1994 and 1998 and were knocked out in the play-offs in 2000, 2006 and 2007.

• As part of the Soviet Union, they were European champions in 1980 and 1990.

Team ties
• Netherlands coach Cor Pot was assistant to Dick Advocaat at FC Zenit Saint Petersburg between 2006 and 2009, when he took charge of the Jong Oranje. Maksim Kanunnikov was in Zenit's reserve side at the time.

• Fedor Smolov – Russia's top scorer in qualifying with seven goals – spent 2010/11 on loan at Feyenoord from FC Dinamo Moskva, although he failed to find the net in 11 Eredivisie appearances. His team-mates in Rotterdam included Wijnaldum, Fer, Kelvin Leerdam, Stefan de Vrij and Bruno Martins Indi.

• Oleg Shatov and Smolov scored the first-leg goals as FC Anji Makhachkala won 2-0 against Marco van Ginkel's Vitesse in the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round on 2 August 2012. The trio all also played in the second leg, another 2-0 Anji success.

• Shatov and Smolov then helped Anji eliminate Adam Maher's AZ Alkmaar 6-0 on aggregate in the next round.

• Bram Nuytinck was in the RSC Anderlecht side that lost 1-0 at Zenit in the UEFA Champions League group stage on 24 October before a 1-0 win on 6 November. Kanunnikov was a second-half substitute in Brussels.

• Ola John came on as a late substitute and faced Sergei Bryzgalov when FC Spartak Moskva were 2-1 winners against SL Benfica in the UEFA Champions League group stage on 23 October 2012. John then started the return match in Lisbon on 7 November, while Bryzgalov remained on the bench.

Netherlands news
• Scorer of a superb goal against Germany, Wijnaldum had to withdraw midway through the second half because of a back injury. He has undergone treatment by the Dutch medical team, though, and was present at training on Friday evening.

• On Friday morning, the whole squad had a gentle warm down session at the hotel before enjoying a short bit of recreational time on the beach.

• Bar Wijnaldum, those players who started against Germany all remained at the hotel during the evening training session and watched the senior team's match against Indonesia.

• Tomorrow, the squad are having lunch and then travelling to Jerusalem to spend one night there before the match. They will return to Tel Aviv directly after the match.

Russia news
• A reoccurrence of a knee injury has ended Ivan Knyazev's participation at the finals. The FC Torpedo Moskva defender broke down in the last training session before the Spain game, allowing Russia to call up a late replacement.

• Pisarev opted to bring in FC Yenisey Krasnoyarsk's Aleksei Nikitin, who was in training with the squad right until the start of the tournament.

• The players were given the morning off after the loss to Spain. There were no excursions or group activities, with many squad members spending the time with their families or, in the instance of Pavel Yakovlev, going to the beach and taking a dip in the Mediterranean.

• The senior team had a big FIFA World Cup qualifier in Portugal on Friday night and had U21 players Alan Dzagoev and Smolov on their bench. They lost 1-0 with Smolov coming on in the second half and the duo will join up with Pisarev's squad on Saturday.

Last updated: 08/06/13 11.26CET