Euro 2016 Wash Out: Dam Bursts on the Dutch
Who would've predicted this two summers ago?
The team that held a No 4 ranking after the 2014 World Cup finished fourth in Euro 2016's Group A after the Czech Republic defeated them, 2-3, with one man less.
However, Iceland does say thank you.
Adding another dash of salt to the Netherlands' festering wound, rising star Pavel Kadeřábek sniped a short-sider that accounted for virtually no margin for error:
When you're hot, you're hot. When you're Holland, you're just snakebit.
That was just an appetizer though. The main dish soon followed, complements of career hod-carrier Josef Šural:
That old on any given day bromide just had to be that day as far as the Dutch are concerned.
As if getting scored upon by a face in the crowd wasn't enough, Holland then got scored upon by themselves:
On the bright side, Robin van Persie is regaining his touch for twine.
The Netherlands got one goal back due in part to the height of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
At least some players know which goal is theirs.
Duly oriented, van Persie made the scoresheet again, this time on the right end of the field:
So, somebody from Holland broke even on the evening.
Can't say the same for Dutch travel agents next summer, though.