The Dutch national football team defeated Austria 2-0 in Group C of the European Championship on Thursday evening. Ronald de Boer’s team was already the first group leader to reach the relegation stage straight, and the North Macedonians were eliminated because they certainly couldn’t finish the season before the fourth.
When the Dutch and Austrian teams started to win in the first round of Group C, the stakes were to advance at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam in a confrontation between the two teams. In the event of a tie, both teams would have secured their place in the top 16.
Moreover, in the event of a win, the Dutch could have been the first to prepare for the eighth final duel to be held at the Puskás Arena on June 27.
To put this together, after the opening match 3-2 against the Ukrainians, Frank de Boer strengthened his team: Jurrien Timber was replaced by Matthijs de Ligt, Juventus’ young defender: Stekelenburg – Dumfries, de Vrij, de Ligt, Blind, van Aanholt – de Roon, Wijnaldum, Frenkie de Jong – Weghorst, Depay – This is how the Dutch national team stood in the match on Thursday evening.
Austrian national team captain Franco Voda couldn’t count on the top scorer against North Macedonia, but shouted during his celebration with offensive nationalist statements that led to his ban. Bachmann – Leiner, Dragovic, Hinterger, Olmer – Baumgartner, Schlager, Laimer, Alaba – Grigorić, Sabitzer – Try to stop an opponent who had an amazing attacking game in the first 90 minutes.
The Netherlands took the lead in the 11th minute. When David Alaba swept his legs from under an opponent in front of the assistant referee completely unjustifiably, the referee gave Denzel Dumfries a red card without touching his eyelid. The penalty awarded after a long wait was confidently sold by Memphis Depay.
In the 24th minute, Depay almost came out of nowhere – after a few more boring minutes – inside the penalty area and scored. His powerful shot hit the side nets. Possessing their lead, the home team picked it up on their pace, so the goal-shooting game was pushed into the background for a while.
Of the Austrians, Martin Hinterger played the most dangerous, and it was he who fired the most dangerous shot so far in the 35th minute. The defender still shot him ugly.
In the 40th minute, Depay missed a huge position. The striker was supposed to hit the empty goal only after Weghorst’s superb pass – he failed. The awkwardness of the Austrian defenders and changes in Dutch rhythm created a good chance against Wijnaldum as well, but it only hit Hinterger’s foot in goal.
A minute before the break, Depay shot the block again, so his team finally managed to take a 1-0 break. At the start of the second half, the attack of the Dutch continued to make things difficult for the Austrians. The inconvenience was broken by a few fouls in the final third of the match, one of which was committed by Frenkie de Jong.
In the 61st minute, the Dutch defenders caused a problem in front of the other goal, but Frege’s head was defended by Bachmann and then shot by goalkeeper de Ligt, but the defenders were able to block. It was not the case in the 67th minute when Denzel Dumfries scored the second goal for the Netherlands. The homeowners worked hard to get past the middle and as a result, had a good chance of getting one back as Donyell Malen attempted to hoist the ball over the goalkeeper.
The Dutch came close to the top of the group, and Frank de Boer made the job easier with his team’s long bench. One of the most talented strikers in the entire European Championship was goalkeeper Malin, who was one of the most skilled midfielders in the 74th minute of Ryan Gravenburch.
His shot came from the right flank but David Alaba was able to block it with an incredible reaction. Moreover, Stekelenburg had to defend on top of Sasa Kalajdzic, who replaced him in the 85th minute.
The Netherlands defeated Austria 2-0, winning the third set. This means that Frank de Boer’s team will play the eighth final at the Puskás Arena in Budapest.
However, they still have a match in the final round of the group stage, where they can still maintain their 100 per cent balance against North Macedonia in Amsterdam. Since the score was decided against each other first in the case of the same score, the North Macedonians were actually expelled, since they were also expelled from Ukraine and Austria. Austria will face a crucial meeting against Ukraine. In the event of a tie, the Ukrainians will take second place (with more goals scored) and the Austrians can count on a four-point lead in third place. The clashes will take place on June 21.