Memphis Depay’s early penalty set the Netherlands on the best way to a 2-0 win over Austria in Amsterdam on Thursday, their second straight victory at Euro 2020 securing qualification for the final 16 already as winners of Group C. Depay made no mistake from the spot within the eleventh minute after David Alaba’s foul on Denzel Dumfries was noticed by the Israeli referee solely after he had come throughout to evaluate the photographs. Dumfries, so spectacular in the thrilling opening 3-2 win over Ukraine, added one other halfway by means of the second half, his second aim of the match.
The Dutch have been snug at residence within the Johan Cruyff Area and Frank de Boer’s facet are up to now making a hit of their first main match look for the reason that 2014 World Cup.
That’s nice information for De Boer, whose predecessor as nationwide coach, present Barcelona boss Ronald Koeman, was among the many spectators.
Ukraine beat North Macedonia 2-1 earlier in Bucharest and, with head-to-head the primary tiebreaker, the Dutch now can’t be caught on the high of the group.
They’ve six factors, whereas Austria and Ukraine have three and North Macedonia nothing.
Which means De Boer can relaxation gamers for the ultimate group recreation in opposition to North Macedonia on Monday, protected within the information that the Dutch shall be going to Budapest for a last-16 tie on June 27 in opposition to a third-place finisher.
De Boer mentioned coming into the Euro that the 1988 champions have been “between the fourth and eighth-best team” and already they’ll see their path opening as much as the quarter-finals.
They’ll nonetheless want to enhance if they’re to face an opportunity of going any additional, however they look like discovering their ft within the 3-5-2 system that De Boer has controversially opted for.
Nonetheless hope for Austria
Austria, in any case, are a mediocre facet and weren’t helped by the penalty carelessly given away by Alaba, their captain and finest participant.
Franco Foda’s facet have been additionally handicapped by the absence of Marko Arnautovic, suspended for insulting an opponent after coming off the bench and scoring in opposition to North Macedonia.
Foda had mentioned he was in line to begin right here.
Austria can however nonetheless qualify for the final 16 with a recreation in opposition to Ukraine to return.
If the Dutch King and Queen have been current at their first match, this time FIFA president Gianni Infantino was within the stands, in addition to Koeman.
Depay, out of contract at Lyon, hinted on the eve of the sport that he’s set to crew up with Koeman in Barcelona.
The previous Manchester United man believes he’s ok to play for a membership of Barcelona’s stature, and he confidently stroked residence the early spot-kick awarded following a VAR evaluate for Alaba’s foul on Dumfries.
He then missed a sitter simply earlier than half-time, failing to hit the goal after Wout Weghorst teed him up.
It was from a Depay nook that Weghorst nodded the ball down for Stefan de Vrij to see his effort from point-blank vary saved by Austria goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann on the hour mark.
Moments later De Boer shook issues up with a triple change, together with sending on PSV Eindhoven ahead Donyell Malen for Weghorst.
And halfway by means of the second half it was Depay who launched Malen to run by means of and sq. for Dumfries, one of many stars of the match up to now, to attain.
Koeman can even have been impressed with one other assured show by Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong in midfield, whereas Matthijs de Ligt cruised by means of the sport in defence on his return from damage.
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