After Italy and Belgium, the favorites to win the European Championship, the Dutch national team has already qualified for the knockout stage of Euro 2020 after two matches in the group, where it was against Austria 2-0 in the atmosphere Johan Cruyff Arena. This is the first time since Euro 2008 that the orange has reached the knockout stage of the European Championship.
Former national coach Ronald Koeman was in the stands, who saw the Dutch take over again with a 5-3-2 or 3-5-2 formation with Ukraine champion Denzel Dumfries and Patrick van Anholt.
On his birthday, Jurriën Timber had to hand his starting place to Matthijs de Ligt, who had recovered from a thigh injury. The Juventus defender immediately reasserted himself at the back and was subjected to several good defensive tackles.
In any case, Orange was better organized defensively than against Ukraine. The Dutch team wasted almost nothing against the Austrians, who only hit a few long shots. It was because of Orange’s good organization, but also because of the bad match on the Austria ball, which showed very little football at the Johan Cruyff Arena.
Marko Arnautovic looked from the stands with a worried look. Austrian coach Franco Voda revealed that the striker was to start in the starting line-up against the Netherlands, but was stopped for one match against the Netherlands due to his inappropriate encouraging behavior against North Macedonia. Before the match, Arnautovic got into the stands with Wesley Sneijder, with whom he played together at Inter.
Where the Orange team created chances on the assembly line against Ukraine, this part of the match was significantly less against Austria. However, the Dutch national team took the lead early on. And again it was Dumfries who was the basis of the goal. After Stefan de Vrij fell on the edge of sixteen during an offensive adventure, Dumfries stormed in. The PSV Eindhoven player hit the ball before David Alaba, who touched the right back of the orange on the foot. Israeli referee Uriel Greenfield carelessly waved away, whistling carelessly anyway, but Poland’s video assistant referee Paul Gill whistled. Facing the pictures, Grinfeld couldn’t do anything but put the ball on point. Memphis Depay got the job done, his 27th international goal.
The top scorer of this orange shot convincingly in the penalty kick, but he did not play well in the match and lost a lot of the ball, just like Ukraine. Depay didn’t have his day in front of goal either. Although the Dutch national team had a harder time taking chances than facing Ukraine, there were good chances. After Wout Weghorst’s good swerve, Depay shot high from close range and passed a pass that captain Jorginho Wijnaldum also did not spend on Orange’s top scorer. Wijnaldum himself saw a promising shot being blocked.
The match remained unchanged after the end of the first half. Austria was unable to break an attack, but the orange was also unable to score a second goal. The Dutch team’s best player was captain Wijnaldum, who played a master in midfield and before that got his hands on each other at Johan Cruijff ArenA, although the defense with focus played three Stefan de Vrij-Matthijs de Ligt-Daley Blind also deserved Praise the implementation.
The status quo seemed to be broken when Depay managed to find his tall attacking partner Wighurst from a corner kick, who headed the ball to De Vries. The Inter defender found Austrian goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann on his way, after which De Ligt saw his rebound shot through an Austrian leg heading away.
Not long after, De Boer decided to make a three-way switch. To a great disappointment, Blind had to make way for Aké, while Owen Wijndal came in instead of Van Aanholt and Donyell Malen for Weghorst.
Against Ukraine, Blind’s change was at the expense of the organization and gave Orange a 2-0 lead. Thanks to the last attack and Dumfries trailing 3-2, the Dutch team got all three points.
Now it was Dumfries who comfortably led 2-0 in the 67th minute. Malin was on the field for only two minutes, when Depay sent him off well in the depth. The PSV Eindhoven striker kept a good overview and passed the ball to his colleague Dumfries, who crashed with him, who scored his second goal in the European Championship and is thus at the top of the scorers list alongside top strikers such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Romelu Lukaku and Ciro Immobile.
The Netherlands knew about the match against Ukraine that a 2-0 lead didn’t necessarily offer any assurance, but this time an orange defense without Blind kept things better at the back. There was still a perilous moment when the ball veered away from Wijndal’s leg, but Stekelenburg was a very quiet evening overall. De Boer made his European Championship debut in the last 15 minutes as a replacement for Martin de Roon and can start thinking about how he will fill in the third set match against his weak brother Macedonia. Perhaps this is a good moment to give other players who haven’t taken any action yet, play time as well.
In the last 15 minutes, Austria took the lead and there were some chances. David Alaba, for example, fired a shot from a distance after the intersection. There was a shocking moment when de Ligt lay down after an air duel, but it turned out to be a muscle spasm.
The group win was due to Orange’s 2-0 victory. Regardless of the result against Macedonia, the Netherlands will continue at Euro 2020 on Sunday 27 June with an eighth final in Budapest.
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