Setback for Tim Krul and Daryl Janmaat
A bad night for Daryl Janmaat and Tim Krul, even though Holland eventually overcame Latvia 2-0 in their latest European Championships qualifier.
The Newcastle defender was a late substitute and played the final 13 minutes, with the Dutch already two up, as usual Tim Krul watched the full 90 minutes from the bench.
Despite the win for the Netherlands it was a bit of a disastrous night elsewhere, as surprise package Iceland came from a goal behind to beat the Czech Republic 2-1.
Whilst a Czech win would have sent them six points clear of Holland, that would definitely have been preferable to the fact that now Iceland are five points clear of Holland with four games to play.
Iceland on 15 points, followed by the Czech Republic on 13 and Holland on 10.
The top two clubs go through in each group and the next round of matches on 3 September look crucial. Czech Republic have an easy three points to look forward to against Kazakstan but Holland play Iceland at home.
If Holland fail to win that match then they would almost certainly be six points behind the Czech Republic as well as five or more behind Iceland, with three matches to play. Making qualification very unlikely.
Whilst Daryl Janmaat is back in the international fold, he is still suffering from his error that led to a Czech victory in the first qualifying match of the group, which was also Guus Hiddink’s first game after taking over from Louis Van Gaal. The Newcastle full-back instantly dropped and only recently making it back into the squad.
For Newcastle fans it is more important that the two players appear to have made it through this late stage of the season safely and now will take a break before pre season training begins on 1 July – though Newcastle have already stated that those who have been on international duty will get extra time off.
However, with the new season kicking off early (8 August) and the first friendly on Friday July before flying off to America that weekend, there are small margins to get the United team ready for the new season.
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