And the referee has blown the final whistle! Czech Republic have won 2-1!
- 2nd Half
- Martins Indi71'
- de Vrij55'
- 1st Half
Czech Republic - Netherlands
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GOAAAALLL! FORGET THE POINT, THEY'VE TAKEN ALL THREE! Pilar is left with a simple tap in after a clumsy backwards header by Jamaat hits the post and leaves the Czech substitute with an open net! Unbelievable!
This would be a decent point for Czech Republic if the scoreline remains and would at least be a starting point for the coach who has lost his first four matches in charge.
Depay breaks into the penalty area and tries to beat Prochazka, but is unable to find a way past.
Kaderabek coolly chests the ball back to his 'keeper after a cross from the visitors was delivered harmlessly.
There's still time to get a winner for either side and both teams are going for it!
HOW DID HE MISS? Prochazka has missed a sitter for the hosts! After another well worked corner, the big centre half was odds on to head home the cross but somehow powers his effort over the bar!
DEPAY! Should have done better really as he gets on the end of a wonderful cross from Narsingh but his header is weak and Cech makes a save from six yards!
Czech Republic are looking for the winner and they're still threatening as a cross is delivered towards Vydra who is unable to connect with a header, under pressure from Martins Indi.
Sneijder delivers a low cross towards the near post but no team mate is in sight. Blind gathers the loose ball but shoots well wide.
The game has rather fizzled out in the last few moments. We have little over 15 minutes to play, can either side nick the three points?
CZECH SUB: Matej Vydra comes on for Lafata in a like-for-like substitution.
Martins Indi goes into the book for a late tackle. He needs to be careful for the remainder of the match. He was sent off last week in a 2-0 defeat to Italy.
The linesman brings a very promising Czech Republic attack to an abrupt end and it was a tight, very tight call.
Van Persie has almost disappeared in this second period, and his recent international record is quite concering for the Dutch, he has scored only one goal in his last five compared to five goals in the five games previous.
CZECH SUB: Kredji - who has had an impressive match - is replaced by Vaclav Pilar.
The score remains at 1-1.
Holland are back in control of possession and looking to prize an opening. They completed an amazing 324 passes in the first-half.
ALMOST! Czech Republic almost re-take the lead as a free-kick is delivered towards the back post towards Prochazka who had lost his marker but he also missed the ball.
Well, the Netherlands have been much better in the second half with the change of system clearly having an effect. Can they go on to win the game now?
GOAAAAAL! And that's the equalier! De Vrij heads in Blind's cross after Czech Republic failed to deal with the initial corner. Such a soft goal to concede but Hiddink and co won't care, they're level!
The visitors are starting to grow in confidence and are now applying the pressure. They have just won a corner.
The corner is collected by Cillessen whose release allows the Dutch to launch an attack on the break as Depay collects on the right wing and tries to find RVP but the ball takes a deflection and Cech gathers.
At the other end Rosicky advances into the Netherland's six yard box but then sees his shot blocked. Corner.
Van Persie finds himself through on goal but sees his shot well saved by Cech. It wouldn't have stood anyway, he was flagged for being offside.
Krejci comes forward on the flank for Czech Republic but his cross into the box is poor. The hosts will be hoping to take off in the second period just as they ended the first.
Hiddink may have lost his first game in charge of the Netherlands but he's not the only one. Of the 11 head coaches, only one has won their opening match.
The second-half is underway with the Netherlands now operating a 4-3-3 system, will things improve for the Dutch?
HALF-TIME. The referee calls time on the first period.
Van Persie delivers a wonderfully lofted pass in the direction of Narsingh who just has the goalkeeper to beat but he gets his effort all wrong, his lob not even goalwards and the danger is cleared.
The Netherlands - now playing four at the back - have been poor in the first-half with Depay the only positive to note thus far. His direct running and speed has caused the hosts all kind of problems.
SAVE! Depay shows exactly his tremendous ability as he strikes a wonderful 25-yard shot at goal which Cech does well to tip over the bar.
Blind is trying to make things happen for Holland his pass almost reaches substitute Narsingh but it's slightly too heavy and misses the substitute before bouncing out for a goal-kick.
BOLD MOVE: You don't often see unforced first-half substitutes but Hiddink hasn't liked what he's saw so far and he's made a change and looks like he will change the 5-3-2 system. Veltman is coming off and Luciano Narsingh is his replacement.
The game versus Czech Republic is the 100th EC qualifier for the Netherlands (W67, D14, L18). (Opta)
Kadlec tries an ambitious effort from distance but his shot just swerves at the last second, allowing Cillessen an easy gather.
Things aren't going well for the Dutch and it shows in their body language, they're getting frustrated.
CLOSE! Jammaat once again delivers a dangerous cross into the Czech Republic six-yard box but Cech nervously sticks out a foot out to deny RVP.
Again Czech Republic take a short set-piece and again Holland are caught out. An intelligently worked free-kick allows Limbersky to have a shot but it's blocked.
Holland give away in a dangerous position on the right flank and allows the hosts a chance to deliver a cross.
So, what a surprise start we've had here and you can't say Czech Republic don't deserve their lead. Manager Pavel Vrba is still without a win but what would it mean to take all three points here?
CHANCE! Blind picks out Wijnaldum with a wonderfully executed pass to split the defence but the midfielder gets it incredibly wrong and the chance is gone!
Kadlec slides in on Deplay and wins the Netherlands a free-kick, hurting himself in the process.
GOAAAAAAL! Never mind that, Czech Republic have taken the lead to send the home fans into a frenzy! Dockal scores his third goal for his country with a sensational strike! The ball is played in, Lafata does brilliantly to hold the ball up and tees off Dockal who hammers the ball into the net, off the post. 1-0.
Who remembers the epic encounter between these sides 10 years ago?
Although it's still 0-0 there has been plenty of action with both sides creating chances.
De Vrij accidentally catches Lafata with a knee to the jaw in a nasty looking collision. He will go off for treatment.
Janmaat provides some width for the Dutch and he finds Van Persie with a low cross at the front post but his flicked effort is blocked, earning a first corner for the visitors.
Czech Republic have had the majority of possession so far and, against a Holland team who always seem vulnerable at the back, they will be hopeful of breaking the deadlock.
A short cross catches the Dutch out, for the second time so far, but one of the many players which crowded the edge of the penalty area managed to make the block.
Some great football from Czech Republic sees a little triangle played out wide with Krejci crossing a dangerous ball across goal. De Jong does well to intercept. Corner.
Kaderabek has shown his adventurous side early in the match, getting forward from full-back at every opportunity. His latest contribution in attack resulted in a cross being headed clear.
Prochazka goes into the referee's book as early as the sixth minute after a clumsy tackle on Depay. He will have to walk on eggshells for the remaining 85 minutes now.
A deep cross comes into the Dutch danger zone but defender Janmaat heads the ball back agonisingly short towards his 'keeper but he's fortunate Cillessen is quick to react and collect.
Depay shows some nice skill to let the ball run across his body before drawing a foul and earning an early free-kick.
And we're off! The road to France '16 starts here.
The national anthems are being sang loud and proud. Hiddink may have lost his first game in charge in a friendly but Czech Republic boss Pavel Vrba also tasted defeat last week as his side fell to a single goal defeat to USA and he has now lost all four of his games as manager.
We're just five minutes from kick-off. You can get in touch with your predictions via Twitter @jdebnam11. This writer is going for a 1-2 scoreline with Depay impressing and Van Persie getting on the score-sheet.
In modern times, some players look for any excuse to quit the international football stage. Not Van Persie, he hopes to play in the next World Cup, when he will be 35! "I will do whatever it takes to make it to the 2018 World Cup," he told De Volkskrant.
Petr Cech may be playing second fiddle at Stamford Bridge but he is still very much Czech Republic's key man and he will be hoping to keep Van Persie's efforts at bay. Arsenal's Tomas Rosicky takes a central position behind the front line and he will be keen to pull the strings for the home side this evening.
He may have been sent off in Hiddink's first match back in charge when The Netherlands lost to Italy, but Bruno Martins Indi will start in defence tonight alongside new Manchester United player Daley Blind. Arjen Robben will be a big miss for the Dutch but young talent Mamphis Depay - a player Hiddink reserved praise for recently - will be given an opportunity to show what he can do, while Robin Van Persie leads the attack.
Czech Republic: Cech; Limbersky, Kadlec, Prochazka, Kaderabek; Vacha, Darida; Krejci, Rosicky, Dockal, Lafata. /// The Netherlands: Cillessen; Janmaat, Veltman, De Vrij, Martins Indi, Blind; Wijnaldum, Sneijder, De Jong; Depay, Van Persie.
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Good evening and welcome to Eurosport's LIVE commentary of Czech Republic and The Netherlands in the opening round of Group A in the European Championship Qualifiers. Holland's new boss Guus Hiddink - who returns to the helm for the second time - will be hoping he can build on Louis Van Gaal's impressive third place finish at the World Cup but his side faces a difficult challenge in Prague tonight against a Czech Republic side determined to get off to a good start and reach France in two years time.