The Netherlands did good business again on the UEFA coefficient ranking list on Thursday.
Thanks to Ajax, which beat Young Boys on Thursday and reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League, the Netherlands strengthened the seventh place.
The Netherlands is thus approaching the relatively high number of points of last season.
Last week it was announced that the Netherlands will close the season in the top seven for the first time since the 2005/2006 season.
A high place on the coefficient ranking is important with a view to the distribution of European tickets.
It is now important to strengthen that seventh position and thanks to Ajax that is also possible for the time being.
The team from Amsterdam triumphed with 0-2 at Young Boys, giving the Netherlands 0.4 points for the coefficient ranking.
Reaching the quarter-finals also earns you a 0.2 point bonus.
As a result, the Netherlands added 0.6 points and increased the lead over closest attackers Russia, Belgium and Austria, who no longer have any clubs left in Europe.
There is nothing more at stake for this season's rankings: seventh place - and with it a direct Champions League ticket - has been secured and the gap with number six Portugal is for the time being unbridgeable.
That is why it is more interesting to look at what Ajax must do to give the Netherlands a historic season.
UEFA coefficient list
1. England - 95.712 points
2. Spain - 95.712 points
3. Italy - 74,581 points
4. Germany - 73,284 points
5. France - 55,581 points
6. Portugal - 48.149 points
7. Netherlands - 39,000 points
8. Russia - 38,382 points
9. Belgium - 36,500 points
10. Austria - 35,825 points
The Netherlands is heading for the same number of points as last season
The Netherlands has so far achieved exactly nine points for the coefficient ranking this season.
For the time being, that is slightly less than in the 2016/2017 (9,100) and 2019/2020 (9,400) seasons, but one victory for Ajax in the quarter-finals is enough to match the relatively excellent performance of last season.
In 2011/2012 (13,600), the Netherlands took more than 9,400 points for the last time in one season.
Four Dutch clubs then reached the knockout phase of the Europa League.
Ajax stranded in the sixteenth finals, PSV and FC Twente were eliminated in the eighth finals and AZ did not get further than the quarter finals.
On Friday it will be announced who will meet Ajax in the quarter-finals of the Europa League.
The draw in Nyon, Switzerland, starts at 1 p.m.
See also: These are the possible opponents of Ajax in the Europa League quarter-finals