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European Under 17 Championship: Holland 0-0 Belgium

Nathan Ake comes in for the challenge.

Belgium showed a strong and resolute performance to deny a second win of the group stage for Albert Stuivenberg’s Holland side.

Holland were looking to build on their opening day victory over Slovenia whilst Belgium were already playing catch up after losing to Poland.

The Dutch had a handful of chances throughout this match to extend their lead but it wasn’t to be there day against their neighbours.

Rai Vloet and Nathan Ake had the best of the early chances inside twenty minutes as they both took the aerial route to try and capitalize on Belgium’s physical inferiority.

Thom Haye almost scored the opener with a long-range effort but he shot wide. Holland had no further chances in the opening half but controlled the midfield throughout large periods the game with Ake, Haye and Tonny Trinidade deĀ Vilhena.

Corentin Fiore had arguably the best chance for the Belgians to get three points out of the game but it wasn’t to be and they had to settle for a goalless draw, which against the favourites isn’t too bad of a result, but it means they must win their final group game against the hosts, Slovenia.

Vilhena’s late effort was the closest Holland came throughout the second half but they’ll be content with their point too as they look likely to progress into the knockout phase.


About Tom Bennett

I'm a 21-year-old Multimedia Journalism student at Bournemouth University aspiring to be one of Britain's top sports journalists. Follow me on Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn for contact and further information.


One thought on “European Under 17 Championship: Holland 0-0 Belgium

  1. am sunday, i play football…am a nigerian..age 16, liek to come to malta to play football….hope to make u proud, someday to move malta football forward to that england and others.what a great country.
    Sir help me to come over, and hope to do my best for the club.

    Posted by sunday job | May 27, 2012, 10:03 pm

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