The Netherlands make the trip to the Stadium OPAP Arena to face Greece this Monday in matchday eight of the UEFA Euro Qualifiers. With the teams both fighting for the last qualification spot, this game may decide who will go to the tournament.
Greece currently sit second in Group B after six games. With four wins and two losses, Greece have nine points, leaving them six points behind top of the group France.
In their last five games in all competitions, Greece have two wins and two losses. In their first game against Ireland, Anastasios Bakasetas opened the scoring with a penalty in the 15th minute, but Nathan Collins equalised within the first half for Ireland. Giorgos Masouras put Greece back ahead, a lead they would keep until full time as they won 2 - 1, with Matt Dohery sent off for Ireland late on. However, the next game against France wasn’t so successful as a Kylian Mbappe penalty gave France the 1 - 0 win over Greece, who were down to ten men with Konstantinos Mavropanos sent off in the second half.
Another loss came against their next opponents the Netherlands. Marten de Roon, Cody Gakpo and Wout Weghorst all scored in the 3 - 0 win for the Netherlands. However, Greece bounced back against Gibraltar. Dimitrios Pelkas opened the scoring and was joined by Mavropanos and Masouras on the scoresheet, both of them grabbing braces, giving Greece the 5 - 0 win.
The last time out for Greece was against Ireland. Giorgos Giakoumakis and Masouras both scored in the first half as Greece won 2 - 0.
The Netherlands currently sit third after five games. The Oranje have three wins and two losses, which leave them on nine points, three points adrift of the last qualifying place.
In their last five games in all competitions, the Oranje have two wins and two losses. In the Nations League Semi-final, the Netherlands faced Croatia. Donyell Malen and Noa Lang both scored but it wasn’t enough as Andrej Kramaric, Mario Pasalic, Bruno Petkovic and Luka Modric gave Croatia the 4 - 2 win in extra time. The Netherlands then lost again in the match for third place against Italy. Steven Bergwijn and Georginio Wijnaldum launched a late offensive, but goals from Federico Dimarco, Davide Frattesi and Federico Chiesa gave Italy the 3 - 2 win.
However, the Netherlands have been a lot more successful in the Qualifiers. The Oranje restricted Greece to one shot on target and through goals from de Roon, Gakpo and Weghorst the Netherlands won 3 - 0 against Greece. Adam Idah opened the scoring for Ireland with an early penalty, but a penalty from Gakpo and a goal from Weghorst gave the Oranje the 2 - 1 win.
The last outing for the Netherlands was a big game against France. Mbappe scored twice again as France took control of the game, and though Quilindschy Hartman did score late on, it wasn’t enough as France won 2 - 1.
Greece and the Netherlands have met ten times with one side dominating the fixture. The Netherlands have won eight times, whereas Greece have only won once, also drawing on one occasion.