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Romania v Netherlands: facts

romania v netherlands: facts

The two sides, whose latest UEFA European Under-21 Championship final campaigns ended in the semi-finals, faced off in the opening round of Group A matches where Romania faced off at Bozsik Aréna in Budapest.

• Romania reached the last four in Italy#39 two years ago, while the Dutch have not taken part in the final tournament since 2013, when they were defeated in the same stage.

previous meetings

2021 Under-21 EUROs: Meet the teams

2021 U21 EURO's: Meet the teams

• This is only the fourth competitive Under-21 meeting of the parties and the first in almost 16 years. They were last paired together to qualify for the 2006 finals, as they each recorded a 2-0 home win. Andrei Prepeliţă (21 pens) and Costin Curelea's (81) goals in each half won Romania #39 with a 2-0 win over Urziceni on 25 March 2005&#39. In the same year, on June 3, the Dutch changed the situation in Rotterdam, Nicky Hofs (87 ) and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (90 + 4) hit in the final stages to get the win by the same scoreline.

• This defeat in Romania proved to be the only qualifying defeat for Netherlands&#39. They continued to finish first in Group 1&#39 with 23 points and finally lifted the trophy in Portugal' Romania, which came in third after the Czech Republic with 19 points, could not make it to the final.

• The Netherlands won the 1998 quarter-final against Romania in Bucharest&#39, goals from Nordin Wooter&#39 (16) and John de Jong&#39 (79) broke the hosting of the tournament in Cosmin Contra&#39's seventh-minute opening.

• The Dutch finished fourth in the 1998 finals; Romania finished eighth, losing all three matches.

2021 Under-21 EURO: The host cities

2021 U-21 EURO: Host cities

Form guide
• This is Romania's third participation in the U21 EURO finals and for the first time qualifying for consecutive tournaments.

• In 2019, a team led by Mirel Rădoi progressed through the qualifying stage (W7 D3) without beating the qualifying stage (W7 D3) and then finished first in Group C-#39 in the final tournament, finishing seven points ahead of France-#39 – England and Croatia.

• Germany proved to be very strong in the semi-finals, scoring two late goals and winning 4-2 – the first competitive U21 defeat in 14 matches since Romania&#39's 2-0 knockout loss in October 2016&#39 in Bulgaria&#39 (W9 D4).

• This was his first appearance in the final since losing to the Netherlands in the quarter-finals of the 1998 tournament hosted by Romania. They lost all three games in the 1998 finals, then finished in eighth place with Germany (0-1 aet) and Russia (1-2).

• This time, Adrian Mutu, replacing Rădoi&#39 in January 2020, took Romania&#39 to the finals with a top-fifth overall finish, and his team finished second to Denmark in Group 8&#39 (W6 D2 L2). Romania scored 20 points, trailing the six Danes, but four points ahead of third-placed Ukraine&#39.

2019 Under-21 EURO review

2019 Under-21 EURO Review

• The Dutch have missed the last three U21 EURO final tournaments; This is their first appearance since their loss to Italy in the 2013 semi-finals.

• Champion in Portugal in 2006-#39 and again at home 12 months later, this is the Netherlands' sixth time playing in an eight or 12-team final tournament. They also reached the two-legged semi-finals in 1988&#39.

• A team coached by Erwin van de Looi&#39, who has been in charge since May 2018&#39, finished second behind England&#39 in the qualifying campaign for the 2019 finals.

• This time around, Van de Looi ran an almost flawless qualifying campaign, the Dutchman finishing as the top scorer with 46 goals overall – nine more than any other side – and winning nine out of ten fixtures. Portugal&#39's last loss, 2-1&#39, was not enough to prevent them from finishing first in Group 7&#39, above their opponent's head-to-head record.

How the under-21 finals were won 1996-2017

How the under-21 finals were won 1996-2017

Links and trivia
• Romania coach Mutu drew 0-0 with the Netherlands in the UEFA EURO 2008 qualifying round on 24 March. The striker also lost 2-0 in the Netherlands win in the 2006 FIFA World Cup qualifying match played on June 4, 2005&#39, in the 1-0 victory of Romania on 13 October 2007&#39, and 2-0 in the UEFA EURO 2008&#39.

• Mutu also joined Romania for the last time in the 2014 World Cup qualifiers as a reserve against the Netherlands&#39, with a 4-1 loss to Romania on 16 October 2012 and a 4-0 loss on 26 March 2013&#39. Therefore, his overall record against the Netherlands was W1 D1 L5.

• Those who have played in the Netherlands:
Andrei Rațiu (ADO Den Haag loan 2020–)
Tudor Băluță (credit to ADO Den Haag 2020)

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