World Cup qualifying is getting into full swing in Europe, and there's one flagging power in UEFA that's desperate to get things moving in the right direction again. The Netherlands have been in something of a tailspin for the last two years, failing to qualify for Euro 2016 and not looking anything like the Oranje side that had done so well for so long in the international scene.
They looked very poor in a match against Sweden in their first qualifier a month ago, and now they need to bounce back against Belarus. This is a match that the Dutch should win, but should and do have been two very different things for them these past couple of years. Belarus are, however, not a pushover, as France found out a month ago -- the Netherlands will need to be focused, efficient, and capable of rising to the occasion in a way that they haven't been in too long.
A win here won't have people saying that the Netherlands are "back" just yet, but it would be a step in the right direction. A step that their fans very, very badly want them to take.
To watch this match online in the U.S. you can use the Fox Soccer 2GO subscription service, or depending on your internet provider you can use Fox Sports Go for free. It won't be shown online in Belarus or the Netherlands, but to find streaming options for other countries you can check out LiveSoccerTV.
TV: Fox Sports 2 (U.S.), Belarus 2 (Belarus), NPO 3 (Netherlands)
Match Date/Time: Friday, 2:45 p.m. ET, 8:45 p.m. local
Venue: Stadion Feijenoord, Rotterdam, Netherlands