No way through for Dutch
Tuesday, 29 March 2005
By Berend Scholten


Armenia secured an impressive point


The Netherlands suffered another UEFA European Under-21 Championship
qualifying Group 1 setback as they followed a 2-0 defeat by Romania
with a home draw against lowly Armenia.

Pasveer save Coach Foppe de Haan had admitted his disappointment at
the Romania loss, especially at the lack of discipline leading to a
red card for Robin van Persie. But the closest they came tonight was
through Klaas Jan Huntelaar, selected ahead of Collins John, who hit
the post in the first half. Armenia could even have won the game with
15 minutes left, but Remko Pasveer saved Khoren Veranyan's effort.

June games De Haan's side are now three points behind the
second-placed Czech Republic, and may well need to defeat leaders
Romania on 3 June to revive their bid for a play-off place. Armenia,
who moved above Finland into fifth place with today's point, welcome
F.Y.R. Macedonia the same day.



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