Netherlands out of EURO 2016 as fixing is released


The Netherlands failed to qualify for Euro 2016 after they lost to 10-man Czech Republic on Tuesday 13 October in a qualifier played in Netherlands.

The Dutch needed to win and for Iceland to beat Turkey to earn a play-off spot, but  goals from Pavel Kaderabek, Josef Sural and an own goal from Robin Van Persie saw them go 3-0 down despite Czech Republic being a man down after Mark Suchy was sent off in the first half.

Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Van Persie replied  for Netherlands but it was too late as the Dutchmen finished fourth in the group missing out on the play offs spot but instead it was Turkey who secured third place spot, Fatih Terim’s side beat Iceland 1-0.

That result means Turkey qualify for next summer’s tournament in France as the highest ranked third-placed team out of all nine qualifying groups.

UEFA has however announced the fixings for the Euro 2016 finals draw set for next month in Palais des Congrès de la Porte Maillot-Paris, with England, Belgium and Portugal all included in Pot One.

World champions Germany are also named among the top seeds, along with Euro 2012 winners Spain and host nation France, who will automatically be drawn in Group A.

Italy despite winning qualifying Group H – are in Pot Two, along with Switzerland, Russia, Austria and Croatia. Bosnia-Herzegovina will join them should they win their play-off tie, while Ukraine will take the remaining slot if they win and Mehmed Bazdarevic’s side lose, with Czech Republic in line for the position should both teams suffer defeat and they win.

Iceland, Wales, Albania and Northern Ireland are confirmed in Pot Four, while the remaining places will depend upon play-off results and the impact they have on the respective teams’ UEFA coefficient rankings.