The great disappointment of the preliminaries, missing the presence of the Euro after serving only 4th in his class from the Czech Republic, Iceland and Turkey, the Netherlands still trying to find themselves on the bench with Danny Blind. Netherlands finished with one victory in recent 4 rounds, plus three failures, two being at home, where they have won three games. The last triumph was a 2-0 at home to Spain in a test in March 2015, and in an official match – 6-0 against Latvia in November 2014. A first sign of recovery gave then success in “friendly” in Wales 3-2 last November, against a team premiered at the tournament.
As host country of the EC in summer, where he will beat in Group A with Romania, Switzerland and Albania, France was qualified by default. “Cocks” were played in September since 2014 only political parties of preparation, no less than 10 of them were 16 wins, including with Spain, Portugal, Germany, two have ended in a draw, plus 4 failures, including last duel, 0-2 to England. This was the first defeat after five consecutive successes.
Dutch group not part of Van Persie, out of shape, no accidentaţii Robben and Bas Dost, but for the game in Amsterdam and have made their way into first and Letschert Janssen. Compared to the initial convening, Blind had to give up Pieters, VLAROS, Locadia and Janmaat, all with medical problems. In their place were called Van Aanholt, Karsdorp and Afellay. On the other hand, Didier Deschamps called him first on Kante, midfielder from Leicester, and it was restored after almost a year Payet, with good benefits at West Ham. On one side were left Benzema involved in scandals known, Valbuena Schneiderlin, out of shape, Mangala, recently returned from an injury, plus Lacazette, Gameiro and Ben Arfa, because there are better options.
The two teams clashed last throughout a training match, won 2-0 at home by France (Benzema 32, Matuidi 41) in March 2014. Previously it had been confronted Holland at Euro 2008 when batavii s have won 4-1 (9 Kuyt, Van Persie 59, Robben 72, Sneijder 90 – Henry 71). The last triumph of “cocks” in a direct duel was a 1-0 away in January 1995.
During the game will bring a final tribute to the great Johan Cruyff, passed away Thursday.