The Dutch national team suffered an embarrassing defeat on Thursday night, losing 2-1 to Greece in Eindhoven.

Little was at stake but pride for Holland in a friendly match, but the country’s pride was already at a low point after missing out on Euro 2016 this summer.

Coach Danny Blind and his team were hoping to bank a win ahead of their Russia 2018 World Cup qualifying campaign opener on Tuesday away to Sweden.

 Wesley Sneijder and Holland lost 2-1 in Eindhoven to Greece on Thursday night

Instead, the Oranje slumped to a bad loss, surrendering an early lead and looking out of ideas for long stretches.

Liverpool midfielder Giorginio Wijnaldum opened the scoring on 14 minutes, beating Greece keeper Orestis Karnezis to make it 1-0.

Vincent Janssen of Tottenham Hotspur had pushed the ball to the byline, beaten his marker with a cutback, and served up a cross that Wijnaldum needed only to tap in.

 Wijnaldum has a history of scoring in Eindhoven Рhe racked up 40 goals in four seasons there as a PSV player before moving on to the Premier League.

Greece evened the score just before the half hour mark when Kostas Mitroglu of Benfica headed home after being set up by Vasilis Torosidis.

The Roma wide man was given lots of space as he advanced up the pitch, and lobbed a cross into the box that found the former Fulham man virtually unmarked.

Both sides made extensive substitutions in the early stages of the second half and the game began to lose its flow.

The visitors went in front in the 74th minute when an alert Giannis Gianniotas pounced on a rebound that Dutch keeper Jeroen Zoet let spill into a dangerous area.

Giorgino Wijnaldum (behind the post) chested in from close range to put Holland up early

Mitroglu celebrates after putting Greece on level terms with Holland in Eindhoven 

The loss looks set to touch off a debate about Blind’s future as coach of the Dutch national team, a position he inherited after Guus Hiddink resigned from the post in the midst of a series of poor results in Euro 2016 qualifying.

Blind was unable to stem the tide and rescue Holland’s campaign, and some fans believed he was never up to the job in the first place.

This loss will reinforce that judgement.

Greece will feel confident heading into their own World Cup qualifying campaign, which kicks off on Tuesday evening away to Gibraltar.


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