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Netherlands claim crucial win in Kazakhstan

Published: Saturday 10 October 2015, 20.12CET
Kazakhstan 1-2 Netherlands
Georginio Wijnaldum and Wesley Sneijder scored as Danny Blind's men returned to winning ways in Group A and contention for third place.

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Match statistics

KazakhstanNetherlands

Goals scored1
 
2
Possession (%)40
 
60
Total attempts9
 
15
on target2
 
6
off target5
 
6
blocked2
 
3
against woodwork0
 
0
Corners3
 
3
Offsides1
 
2
Yellow cards1
 
3
Red Cards0
 
0
Fouls committed11
 
12
Fouls suffered12
 
8

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Published: Saturday 10 October 2015, 20.12CET

Netherlands claim crucial win in Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan 1-2 Netherlands
Georginio Wijnaldum and Wesley Sneijder scored as Danny Blind's men returned to winning ways in Group A and contention for third place.

  • Georginio Wijnaldum nets first-half opener; Wesley Sneijder doubles Dutch advantage
  • Robin van Persie makes 100th appearance; Islambek Kuat hits added-time consolation
  • Kenny Tete, Virgil van Dijk and Anwar El Ghazi make Oranje debuts
  • Netherlands remain fourth in Group A, two points of third-placed Turkey
  • Final games: Latvia v Kazakhstan, Netherlands v Czech Republic (Tuesday) 

Georginio Wijnaldum and Wesley Sneijder scored as the Netherlands returned to winning ways in Group A, beating Kazakhstan 2-1 in Astana to keep their UEFA EURO 2016 hopes alive.

Danny Blind introduced three debutants in Kenny Tete, Virgil van Dijk and Anwar El Ghazi, but left Oranje leading marksman Robin van Persie on the bench after losing his first two games as coach without scoring in September.

Needing a victory to keep the pressure on third-placed Turkey – occupiers of the play-off berth – the Dutch took the initiative from the off. On seven minutes El Ghazi forced Kazakhstan goalkeeper Stas Pokatilov into a save before nodding wide shortly after. The hosts responded via Konstantin Engel, although their only shot on target of the first half failed to trouble Dutch custodian Tim Krul.

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The Netherlands still have their work cut out

The Netherlands kept on pushing and on 30 minutes Memphis Depay squandered a glorious opening when clean through, the winger unable to test Pokatilov. Three minutes later, though, Wijnaldum broke the deadlock. The Newcastle midfielder found the bottom corner from outside the box with a left-footed drive after good work by El Ghazi.

Things did not improve for Kazakhstan as the visitors extended their lead shortly after the interval. Skipper Sneijder latched onto Klaas-Jan Huntelaar's pass inside the area before firing a left-footed effort into the centre of the goal. El Ghazi was denied a maiden goal moments later as Yuri Krasnozhan's charges cleared his attempt off the line.

With the points seemingly assured, Van Persie came on to make his 100th appearance, though the Dutch were given a fright when Islambek Kuat struck a 96th-minute Kazakh consolation. Even so, Blind's men held on to at least take the race for third into the final matchday. Turkey, though, need just a point to deny the Oranje a place at their eighth straight UEFA European Championship.

Last updated: 12/10/15 0.04CET

http://www.uefa.com/uefaeuro/season=2016/matches/round=2000446/match=2014040/postmatch/report/index.html#dutch+claim+crucial

Lineups

Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan

Netherlands

Netherlands

1
PokatilovStas Pokatilov (GK)
22
KrulTim Krul (GK)
Substitution81
2
MaliySergei Maliy
2
TeteKenny Tete
5
KuatIslambek Kuat
Goal90+6
3
BrumaJeffrey Bruma
Yellow Card31
7
KonysbayevUlan Konysbayev
4
Van DijkVirgil Van Dijk
8
SmakovSamat Smakov (C)
5
RiedewaldJairo Riedewald
9
IslamkhanBauyrzhan Islamkhan
Substitution16
6
BlindDaley Blind
Yellow Card5
10
EngelKonstantin Engel
7
DepayMemphis Depay
11
SchetkinAleksei Schetkin
Substitution63
8
WijnaldumGeorginio Wijnaldum
Goal33
16
SuyumbayevGafurzhan Suyumbayev
9
HuntelaarKlaas-Jan Huntelaar
Substitution87
19
DosmagambetovTimur Dosmagambetov
Substitution81
10
SneijderWesley Sneijder (C)
Goal50
Substitution80
23
LogvinenkoYuri Logvinenko
Yellow Card1
11
El GhaziAnwar El Ghazi
Yellow Card72

Substitutes

22
SidelnikovAndrei Sidelnikov (GK)
23
ZoetJeroen Zoet (GK)
Substitution81
12
BoichenkoSergei Boichenko (GK)
12
AnitaVurnon Anita
3
GurmanMark Gurman
14
RekikKarim Rekik
4
KuantayevYermek Kuantayev
15
KongoloTerence Kongolo
6
AitbayevBerik Aitbayev
16
BazoerRiechedly Bazoer
13
NurgaliyevAzat Nurgaliyev
Substitution81
17
LensJeremain Lens
14
MukhutdinovAlmir Mukhutdinov
18
DostBas Dost
15
GeteriyevKazbek Geteriyev
Substitution16
19
Van PersieRobin van Persie
Substitution87
17
NuserbayevTanat Nuserbayev
20
AfellayIbrahim Afellay
Substitution80
18
ShomkoDmitri Shomko
21
EliaEljero Elia
20
KhizhnichenkoSergei Khizhnichenko
Substitution63
21
BeysebekovAbzal Beysebekov

Coach

Yuri Krasnozhan (RUS) Danny Blind (NED)

Referee

Clément Turpin (FRA)

Assistant referees

Frédéric Cano (FRA), Nicolas Danos (FRA)

Fourth official

Hicham Zakrani (FRA)

Additional assistant referees

Fredy Fautrel (FRA), Benoît Bastien (FRA)

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