If Romania beat Holland this evening, France and Italy will go out of Euro 2008.  That’s the simple equation.

Holland should easily beat Romania – except for the fact they don’t need to.  Marco van Basten’s side are already guaranteed a place in the quarter finals, thanks to good wins against the two World Cup 2006 finalists.  So why would Van Basten risk his best players picking up an injury or a card in a match where the result doesn’t count.

So no surprise to see the team for tonight’s game:

  • 16 Stekelenburg
  • 21 Boulahrouz
  • 03 Heitinga
  • 14 Bouma
  • 15 De Cler
  • 06 De Zeeuw
  • 08 Engelaar
  • 20 Afellay
  • 07 Van Persie
  • 11 Robben
  • 19 Huntelaar
  • Both the French and Italian teams have been worried and complaining about how they could go out because the Dutch play a weakened team.  But why not rest, Sneijder, Van der Sar, and Kuyt, and prevent Ooijer and de Jong, both on a booking, picking another one up.

    In a tournament I’m not sure there is ever a good time, from the perspective of all the other teams to rest players, someone will always feel hard done by.  How do you prevent that happening?

    Chris
    cskidd1983@gmail.com
    Married to the amazing Sarah and raising Jakey, Daniel, Amelia, Josh & Jonah in our blended family. Passionate for Jesus, social work & sport.

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