There has never been a draw in UEFA European Under-21 Championship matches between Spain and the Netherlands although it is the holders who have held the upper hand in the countries' competitive contests ahead of their 12th meeting at the HaMoshava Stadium in Petah Tikva.
• Spain have won seven of the teams' 11 competitive meetings including four of the last five – although they traded home victories when the sides last met in qualifying for the 2011 finals.
• The first game in Rotterdam was won by the hosts thanks to goals from Erik Falkenburg (14) and Georginio Wijnaldum (63) despite César Azpilicueta pulling one back ten minutes from time. Diego Capel and captain Javi Martínez both hit the woodwork late on for a Spain side who had won their previous 14 group stage qualifiers stretching back to October 2005.
• The teams at the Sparta Stadium on 17 November 2009 were:
Netherlands: Krul, Janmaat, Van Eijden, Bruma, Pieters, Anita (Strootman 82), Fer, Falkenburg, Wijnaldum, De Jong (Dost, 82), J John.
Spain: Asenjo, Azpilicueta, Canella (Mérida 82), Botía, Laguardia, Javi Martínez, Alba (Míchel 52), Herrera (Omar 74), Adrían, Parejo, Capel.
• Spain turned the tables in the return thanks to goals from Sergio Canales (26) and Capel (54) either side of Bas Dost's 31st-minute strike in Alcoy. The visitors ended with ten men as Maikel Kieftenbeld was sent off with 12 minutes remaining, and Spain could even afford Bojan Krkić's missed penalty, awarded after Bram Nuytinck fouled Ander Herrera.
• The teams at Estadio El Collao on 2 September 2010, the teams' most recent meeting, were:
Spain: De Gea, Azpilicueta, Canella, Botía, Domínguez, Javi Martínez, Canales (Herrera 66), Pérez (Thiago 46), Bojan, Mata, Capel (Nsue 87).
Netherlands: Zoet, Blind (Kieftenbeld 69), Marcellis, Viergever, Van Aanholt, Toornstra (Roorda 70), Cabral, Gorter, Dost, De Jong, Goossens (Nuytinck 79).
• The Netherlands finished first in qualifying Group 4, one place and two points above Spain, but lost on away goals to Ukraine in the play-offs. In contrast Spain overcame Croatia, and went on to lift the title in Denmark.
• A sixth-minute Miguel Ángel Angulo goal proved enough to separate the sides in the 2000 group stage at the final tournament in Trnava, Slovakia. The result took Spain into a third-place play-off – where Slovakia were defeated 1-0 – at the expense of the Jong Oranje.
• Spain had also come out on top against the Dutch in qualifying for the 2000 finals, winning 1-0 away and 4-1 at home.
• The Netherlands had been victorious in the 1988 quarter-finals, winning the first leg 1-0 in Murcia before a 2-1 success in Utrecht. The Jong Oranje, however, were overwhelmed in the first leg of their semi-final against Greece, losing 5-0 in Athens and eventually 5-2 overall.
• Each side recorded a home victory in qualifying for the 1984 edition, the Dutch winning 5-0 in Utrecht but then going down 1-0 in Malaga. The latter result was enough for Spain to pip the Netherlands to first place in Group 7; the Iberian side went on to beat Poland and Yugoslavia before losing the final to England.
• Spain also progressed to the 1982 quarter-finals ahead of the Netherlands, against whom they recorded 2-0 away and 2-1 home wins en route to winning qualifying Group 8. This time they would go no further, losing to West Germany in the last eight.
• Spain are in the finals for the third successive edition. Two years ago they claimed a third European U21 crown with a 2-0 defeat of Switzerland in Aarhus, Denmark. Spain had previously triumphed in 1986 and 1998, while they were runners-up in 1984 and 1996 and third in 1994 and 2000. They failed to make it beyond the group stage in 2009, however, on what was their first finals appearance in nine years.
• 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 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.
• Nuytinck was in the RSC Anderlecht side beaten 3-0 at Málaga CF in the UEFA Champions League group stage on 3 October 2012. Isco and Ignacio Camacho both started for the visitors.
• Daley Blind and Ricardo van Rhijn's AFC Ajax lost 4-1 at Real Madrid CF in the UEFA Champions League group stage on 4 December, Nacho playing 90 minutes at the Santiago Bernabéu and Álvaro Morata coming on as a late replacement. Jody Lukoki was an unused substitute.
• Van Rhijn twice faced David de Gea as Ajax lost 2-0 at home but won 2-1 away against Manchester United FC in the UEFA Europa League round of 32 in February 2012. Lukoki played in Amsterdam; Blind featured in Manchester.
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