The Dutch national team is chasing a very rare victory over Italy in the Nations League on Monday.

The Orange won only 3 of the 21 previous games with the 'Azzurri'.

The most recent victory was in the group stage of the European Championship in 2008, when the Netherlands was convincingly the strongest 3-0.

Ruud van Nistelrooij, Wesley Sneijder and Giovanni van Bronckhorst scored the goals in Bern.

The other two victories were booked in the 1970s.

In 1974 a European Championship qualifier in Rotterdam ended in 3-1 and four years later the Italians were beaten 2-1 in the second round of the World Cup in Argentina (see photo above).

Furthermore, encounters between the Netherlands and Italy resulted in a draw nine times and nine times were lost to the Southern Europeans.

The biggest defeat dates back to 1979, when a friendly match in Milan ended 3-0.

It is also striking that eight of Italy's nine victories were booked in friendly matches.

The only win in a competitive international match was a 1-0 win in a European Championship qualifying match in 1975.

Italy was defeated 3-0 at the European Championship in 2008, partly thanks to a goal by Ruud van Nistelrooij.

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Orange is working on a very good series

For a fourth victory over Italy, the Dutch national team can draw hope from the good form.

The last seven games were not lost (six wins, one draw) and seven of the last eight home games were won.

Since September 2018, Peru, Germany, France, Belarus, England, Northern Ireland, Estonia and Poland have been settled successively domestically.

The good run was interrupted on March 24 last year by Germany, which was 2-3 too strong in Amsterdam for the team of then national coach Ronald Koeman in the qualifying series for the upcoming European Championship.

The Netherlands-Italy starts on Monday at 8.45 p.m.

The Orange won the first Nations League game on Friday against Poland 1-0, while the Italians did not get further than 1-1 against Bosnia and Herzegovina.


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