Witness the complete replay and highlights of the intense showdown between the Netherlands and Ireland. This epic clash is part of the high-stakes UEFA Euro 2024 Qualification in Group B – Matchday 9. The action kicks off at 19:45 GMT on Saturday, November 18, 2023. The esteemed referee for this event is Marco Di Bello from Italy, and the prestigious Johan Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam sets the stage for this thrilling encounter. Don’t miss out on the electrifying moments of this epic match! Experience the intensity and drama as these two powerhouse teams battle it out on the field.
Netherlands vs Ireland Full Match Reports
The Netherlands clinched their spot in UEFA Euro 2024 after securing a top-two finish in Group B with a 1-0 victory over the Republic of Ireland in Amsterdam.
In what was likely to be Stephen Kenny’s final competitive match in charge of Ireland, the visitors initiated a bright start, testing the waters early with Alan Browne’s shot saved by Bart Verbruggen. However, The Boys in Green fell victim once again to their dismal qualification campaign as Wout Weghorst effortlessly outmuscled Nathan Collins and hammered his strike past Gavin Bazunu at the near post.
The Dutch adopted a patient approach in their quest for a second goal, challenging an Irish side straining to maintain their defensive shape. Cody Gakpo and Tijjani Reijnders both saw their shots drift wide, with Reijnders coming closer before halftime, but Bazunu parried his angled strike over.
In the second half, Koeman’s team aimed to capitalize on their advantage. Xavi Simons expressed frustration as his effort, following a Denzel Dumfries cross, was inadvertently blocked by Gakpo. The visitors benefited from Irish luck when Reijnders had another close chance, parried onto the post by Bazunu.
Albert Idah’s apparent equalizer was disallowed by the linesman’s flag, and despite the Irish rallying late, the match concluded as a comfortable 1-0 win. The Ireland side lacked the quality to genuinely trouble the hosts, concluding the qualification campaign and likely marking the end of Kenny’s managerial tenure with a whimper. Meanwhile, the Netherlands can anticipate the draw for next year’s finals, scheduled for December 2.
Man of the Match: Tijjani Reijnders (Netherlands).