Depay And Dumfries Send Netherlands Into Euro 2020 Knockouts
Zeeshan Mehtab 1 month ago Fri 18th June 2021 | 09:20 AM
Amsterdam, (APP - UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 18th Jun, 2021 ) :Memphis Depay's early penalty set the Netherlands on the way to a 2-0 win over Austria in Amsterdam on Thursday, their second straight victory at Euro 2020 securing qualification for the last 16 already as winners of Group C.
Dumfries, so impressive in the thrilling opening 3-2 win over Ukraine, added another midway through the second half, his second goal of the tournament.
The Dutch were comfortable at home in the Johan Cruyff Arena and Frank de Boer's side are so far making a success of their first major tournament appearance since the 2014 World Cup.
That means De Boer can rest players for the final group game against North Macedonia on Monday, safe in the knowledge that the Dutch will be going to Budapest for a last-16 tie on June 27 against a third-place finisher.
De Boer said coming into the Euro that the 1988 champions were "between the fourth and eighth-best team" and already they can see their path opening up to the quarter-finals.
They will still need to improve if they are to stand a chance of going any further, but they appear to be finding their feet in the 3-5-2 system that De Boer has controversially opted for.
Franco Foda's side were also handicapped by the absence of Marko Arnautovic, suspended for insulting an opponent after coming off the bench and scoring against North Macedonia.
Foda had said he was in line to start here.
Austria can nevertheless still qualify for the last 16 with a game against Ukraine to come.
If the Dutch King and Queen were present at their first match, this time FIFA president Gianni Infantino was in the stands, as well as Koeman.
The former Manchester United man believes he is good enough to play for a club of Barcelona's stature, and he confidently stroked home the early spot-kick awarded following a VAR review for Alaba's foul on Dumfries.
He then missed a sitter just before half-time, failing to hit the target after Wout Weghorst teed him up.
Moments later De Boer shook things up with a triple change, including sending on PSV Eindhoven forward Donyell Malen for Weghorst.