Dutch hit ground running

Published: Friday 4 September 2009, 21.20CET
Netherlands 2-0 Finland
Coach Cor Pot celebrated his first competitive match in charge with victory thanks to goals from Siem de Jong and Diego Biseswar.
by Berend Scholten
Dutch hit ground running
Cor Pot got off to a winning start ©Getty Images

Match statistics

NetherlandsFinland

Goals scored2
 
0
Yellow cards0
1
Red cards0
 
0
Goal attempts14
 
8
Attempts off target0
 
0
Corners0
 
0
Fouls committed14
 
13

Matches

Published: Friday 4 September 2009, 21.20CET

Dutch hit ground running

Netherlands 2-0 Finland
Coach Cor Pot celebrated his first competitive match in charge with victory thanks to goals from Siem de Jong and Diego Biseswar.

A goal in each half from Siem de Jong and Diego Biseswar got the Netherlands off to the perfect start in qualifying for the 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Championship with a 2-0 win over Finland in Group 4.

Pot debut
It was the first competitive match under new coach Cor Pot since the resignation of Foppe de Haan, who led the Jong Oranje to the title in 2006 then again on home soil in 2007, and the new man in charge soon had reason to cheer. On 15 minutes, Feyenoord's Leroy Fer broke clear of the defence and teed up AFC Ajax midfielder De Jong, who fired beyond Jukka Lehtovaara from the edge of the area.

Rematch
A crowd of 6,057 at the FC Emmen Stadium had to wait until 15 minutes from time for the second goal when the contest was finally put beyond doubt. Arsenal FC's Nacer Barazite and Fer combined well to put Biseswar through on goal and the Feyenoord striker made no mistake. It was an important win for the Netherlands, with Spain and Poland also in contention in a tough-looking section, and they will be looking to repeat the feat when the two sides meet again at the Töölön Pallokenttä Stadium in Helsinki in October.

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Last updated: 04/09/09 22.16CET

Related information

Lineup

Netherlands

Netherlands

Finland

Finland

1Tim Krul (GK) (C)1Jukka Lehtovaara (GK)
2Daryl Janmaat2Ville Nikkari
3Rens van Eijden3Jukka Raitala
4Jeffrey Bruma4Jani Tanska
5Nicky Kuiper5Paulus Arajuuri
6Leroy Fer6Sakari Mattila
Yellow Card78'
Substitution81'
7Georginio Wijnaldum
Substitution67'
7Sebastian Mannström
8Mitchell Donald
Substitution83'
8Joona Toivio (C)
9Ricky van Wolfswinkel9Pele Koljonen
Substitution60'
10Siem de Jong
Goal16'
10Riku Riski
11Diego Biseswar
Goal75'
Substitution77'
11Akseli Pelvas
Substitution73'

Substitutes

16Sergio Padt (GK)12Lukas Hradecky (GK)
12Daley Blind13Henri Aalto
13Nick Viergever14Mikko Sumusalo
14Vurnon Anita
Substitution83'
16Joni Kauko
15Jan-Arie van der Heijden17Aleksei Kangaskolkka
Substitution73'
17Nacer Barazite
Substitution67'
18Mika Ojala
Substitution81'
18Marvin Emnes
Substitution77'
20Teemu Pukki
Substitution60'

Coach

Cor Pot (NED) Markku Tapio Kanerva (FIN)

Referee

Ante Vučemilović-Šimunović Jr. (CRO)

Assistant referees

Dalibor Conjar (CRO), Miro Grgic (CRO)

Fourth official

Danijel Trampus (CRO)

Legend:

  • GoalsGoals
  • Own goalOwn goal
  • PenaltiesPenalties
  • Missed PenaltiesMissed Penalties
  • reds_cardRed cards
  • yellow_cardsYellow cards
  • yellow_red_cardsYellow/red card
  • SubstitutionSubstitution

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