The last time Netherlands played in the Euro Cup, they made it to the Semi finals and losing to Portugal. Ultimately, Greece beat Portugal to become the underdog who won the Euro 2004. Netherlands struggled to reach the semis last time.
But Euro 2008 was different. Netherlands was the best team with the least number of goals against them, won all the first round matches and were comfortably placed in the Quarter finals and yet the quarter final saw them struggling against the Russians.
Russia played very well and Netherlands never looked like the team in control. It struggled and the defense was weak during the game. Russia scored in the 56th minute only to be leveled by Netherlands by the end of the game. The game went into extra time and when it looked that the game just might go into a penalty shoot out, Russia scored two goals to seal Netherlands fate.
Russia won 3-1 and Netherlands is out of Euro 2008. The street of Amsterdam will not celebrate today!