The Dutch junior national team had a great start. It was frivolous, glamorous and above all very good. The Netherlands had many chances and should have scored at least one goal in the first phase. The biggest chances were for Brian Proby and Crescencio Summerville.
The latter was a nuisance to the Belgian defence. But his play was not rewarded with a goal. His best chance was cleared off the line.
After half an hour, the Netherlands became more sluggish and a young Belgium entered the game better. However, the Dutch youth team appeared to be maintaining control, but there was no sign of that before half-time. Suddenly, Luis Obinda left.
The former Vitesse striker went alone towards goalkeeper Bart Verbruggen. But the Anderlecht goalkeeper miraculously managed to save the situation.
This would not be Verbruggen’s last save of the match. Because in the second half, the match turned completely around. The Dutch junior team could no longer leave their own half and the Belgians had many chances. But every time it was the goalkeeper who stood in the way.
Verbruggen, who will leave for Brighton & Hove Albion, was able to save two beautiful shots from Michel Ange Balikwesha. First he managed to convert a long shot and then the Breda goalkeeper became strong again in a one-on-one situation.
As a result, the Netherlands remained upright and drew 0-0 with young Belgium. With this result, the next round is still on the horizon. In the other group match, Georgia surprisingly beat Portugal 2-0. The Dutch youth team will play against the Portuguese national team on Sunday.
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