Austria vs Netherlands by Dartagnan
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It feels sad that the Dutch will be at home while the likes of Hungary, Turkey, Iceland, Northern Ireland and even Albania will be playing at Euro. Not that I have anything against those fine teams that made it on their own terms and played an excellent soccer to deservedly be in the Euro. But, you must agree that in the year Johan Kruif was called from the heavens to bring tiki taka to there - it would be prosaic for the Dutch to win it all. The most unlucky team in the history of soccer is yet has to be out of the major tournament we usually count the days to and that is sad.
That reminds me the year the French were eliminated from qualifying for 1994 World Cup in the US by losing their last two matches at home needing a single point to qualify. That was disastrous for them. Again, all they needed was a single point and they had two home games against the teams they were supposed to beat easily - nevertheless get a single point in two games. But, they first lost to Israel 2-3 in an iconic match featuring the drama with Israeli Atar scoring the third goal at the 90th minute and the game after that losing to Bulgary - again, at home - losing again on 90th minute when Kostadinov struck for the second time in the game beating the French 2-1 and not only depriving them the needed point, but also advancing to the World Cup instead of them to present us then with one of the greatest sensation by beating the Germans who were the reigning World Champions 2-1 in Quarter Finals on Lechkov's header (only to lose their two following matches to Italy 1-2 in the Semis and to Sweden 0-4 in the game for the Third Place).
So, you ask me - what it all has to do with this peaceful friendly game between Austria and Holland?
Well, everything and nothing.
Holland, like France in 1994, did not qualify against all odds. And France went into such changes mentality and attitude wise that they won 1998 World Cup destroying poisoned Ronaldo (the fat one) and Brazil 3-0 in the Finals at the same Stad De France they lost those described above two games to Israel and Bulgary, and entering Zidane into our collective memory all the way thru till he decided top scratch his head with Materrazi's chest.
So, Holland has in mind exactly what I told you now playing the friendlies as their most motivational point is winning the next World Cup or at least Euro.
Well, I am not sure they will win one of those two - but I am a 10 units sure they will not lose this game to Austria they have beaten in all 5 games recently.
|Holland 0.0||Bet365||1.83||10||0-2 WON (+8.3 units)|
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