10 October 2019 18:48
IT COULD be the most one-sided draw of all time - Kosovo somehow mustered a point in their European Championship Under-17 qualifier with Holland despite surrendering 90 PER CENT possession. The Dutch had a whopping 21 shots and dominated the game but just could not finish off the East European minnows in Group 12 - who Netherlands boss Mischa Visser, accused of parking a double-decker bus. 1 Holland Under-17s celebrate but the stats from the match tell a very different story And Visser even claimed Kosovo should put a statue up in Kosovo for goalkeeper Rijad Bytyqi after a string of stunning saves. Holland went in front after just 10 minutes and many thought the floodgates would then open in Venray, Limburg. PSV Eindhoven midfielder Mylian Jimenez fired past Kosovo goalkeeper Bytyqi for the opener.
But they missed chance after chance despite spending most of the first half in the Kosovo half. Holland certainly had some young stars in their side. Xavi Simons of Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United striker Dillon Hoogewerf were in the Dutch side. They even sent centre-half Rio Hillen up front as they moved to Plan B - but they still could not score. And they eventually paid for their profligacy.
The Oranje were stunned when the minnows equalised through Granit Hana on 69 minutes. Holland had a total of eight shots on target and nine off target. Kosovo only had one chance all game but their rare counter attack gave them a share of the spoils. The Dutch also had four blocked shots and three times as many corners as the Eastern Europeans. But somehow just could not turn their domination into goals. Dutch boss Visser told the official Holland website the Kosovo keeper was a hero. He said: ""He will get a statue in Kosovo. "You know that you have to build up a margin during a competition. They had parked a double blue bus at the age of 16, we didn't get through it enough. "I think we played well, we just didn't focus for one moment. That breaks us up. They are two points behind group leaders Wales, who won their first match against Slovenia. Holland face Wales this Saturday in the next phase of group games, with Kosovo playing Slovenia. Netherlands U17's played out a real life game of FIFA on Wednesday night when they recorded a 1-1 draw against Kosovo, despite having a remarkable 90% of possession. Mischa Visser's side opened the scoring after just 10 minutes in the European Championship qualifying match. PSV Eindhoven midfielder Mylian Jimenez slotted past Kosovo goalkeeper Rijad Bytygi to make it 1-0, and it looked like the beginning of a drubbing in Venray, Limburg.:flag_nl::flag_co:Mylian Jiménez #8 (PSV) hoy fue titular y marcó para Holanda sub17 en el empate 1-1 frente a Kosovo sub17, partido válido por la primera fecha de la ronda de clasificación al Campeonato de Europa Sub-17 de la UEFA (grupo 12). pic.twitter.com/COr3QEOHRf - Juan Carlos (@jcpedrazamr) October 9, 2019 PSG.s Xavi Simons and highly rated Manchester United striker Dillon Hoogewerf starred for Holland's youngsters as The Oranje continued to dominate. But the visitors somehow managed to stay in the game. And in the 69th minute, Kosovo capitalised on a number of errors as midfielder Granit Hana equalised from a corner. Advert The Lindo FF midfielder made it 1-1 after goalkeeper Dani van de Heuvel failed to parry his rasping shot. Game on. The Netherlands continued to dominate, recording a total of 21 attempts on goal, but the hosts never found a winner and Kosovo walked away with a deserved point. After the final whistle, KNVB manager Visser rued missed chances in his post match interview. "You know that you have to build up a margin during a competition." he said via Onsoranje. "A ball can always go wrong. They had parked a double blue bus at the age of sixteen, we didn't get through it enough. "We had no in-depth walking actions. Certainly in the first half everyone wanted the ball in their feet. Then you make the space that was already limited, even smaller.":eyes: Netherlands U17 vs Kosovo U17:soccer: Possession: 90%-10% Shots: 21-1:scream: Final Score: 1-1 If that was on FIFA, controllers/TVs would be smashed:rage::joy: pic.twitter.com/M7kemR8pst - ODDSbible (@ODDSbible) October 10, 2019