U17 Euros-Ozyakup assist as Netherlands reach Final

Arsenal midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup played a key role as he captained his Netherlands side to a 2-1 victory over suprise Group A winners Switzerland in the UEFA European U-17 Championships semi-final this morning.

Having already secured a place at the forthcoming FIFA U-20 World Cup following their top-three finish in Group B, the Netherlands were full of confidence going into this game, although they found chances hard to come by in a tightly-contested opening period.

However, Ozyakup continued to probe the midfield and eventually broke through when he played in Shabir Isoufi to make it 1-0.

Luc Castaignos made it 2-0 on the stroke of half-time, but Switzerland emerged with renewed vigour in the second-period and eventually halved the deficit following a  Janick Kamber strike.

Switzerland continued to press for an equaliser, but the Dutch held on and will now face either Italy or Germany in Monday’s Final, with Ozyakup surely relishing the chance to lift the prestigious trophy.

6 comments

  1. I think Germany have some good players, like Buchtmann, Gotze and Scheidhauer. I also like Castaignos from Holland and of course we all know about Ozyakup. I think Sini from Italy has been impressive too.

  2. The germans have got the oldest squad they are playin 18 in thier team. Thats why they look so powerful and strong. england had the youngest squad which is why england didnt perform well.
    Anyway jeorge will arsenal field a strong team against tottenham on sunday or liverpool in youth cup game on tuesday?

  3. I think we will see a strong squad in both games because steve bould wants to win both competitions, but if there are any fitness doubts, then he will save them for liverpool.

  4. Will the likes of henderson, murphy, miguel start against spurs and the likes of thomas, wilshere, coquelin going to start against liverpool. Also are arsenal looking at any players in the under 17 tournament? El shaarawi been a big disappointment for me. I like the look of sahbir isfouli hes a player of indian descent look an exciting winger.

  5. Ozyakup will be a big hit for player of the year, but he is a CM though which is why he will not be it… After all, the last was Cesc Fabregas, who was a scoring Volante…

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