A review of Thursday’s Euro 2020 action as Denzel Dumfries continue to make statement for the Netherlands.
Netherlands 2-0 Austria
The Netherlands progressed to the Euro 2020 knockout stages by clinching top spot in Group C courtesy of a comfortable 2-0 success over Austria in Amsterdam.
Memphis Depay’s early penalty and Denzel Dumfries’ second goal of the tournament saw the Dutch build on their opening win over Ukraine against toothless opposition at the Johan Cruyff Arena.
While some people though Dumfries’ goal against the Ukraine was a one-off, followers of Sporting Life would have been expecting differently, as the Dutch wing-backed was tipped up to score against Austria at 9/1, meaning our tipsters turned a profit in all three of Thursday’s matches.
Frank De Boer’s men are now guaranteed a last-16 tie against one of the best third-placed teams in Budapest on June 27, while Thursday’s result also eliminated their upcoming opponents North Macedonia.
Denmark 1-2 Belgium
Kevin De Bruyne came off the bench to fire Belgium into the last 16 with a comeback victory over Denmark on an emotional night in Copenhagen.
Playing for the first time since suffering facial fractures during the Champions League final, the Manchester City playmaker set up Thorgan Hazard’s 55th-minute equaliser and then clinched a 2-1 Group B win with a stunning finish 20 minutes from time.
Five days after midfielder Christian Eriksen had suffered a cardiac arrest on the same Parken Stadium pitch, Yussuf Poulsen fired the Danes into an early lead as FIFA’s number one-ranked team were outplayed until De Bruyne arrived to light up proceedings.
Ukraine 2-1 North Macedonia
Ukraine kept their hopes of reaching the last 16 at Euro 2020 alive after edging past North Macedonia.
Quickfire first-half goals from Andriy Yarmolenko and Roman Yaremchuk earned an entertaining 2-1 win in Bucharest.
Ezgjan Alioski pulled a goal back, scoring the rebound after his penalty was saved.
Ruslan Malinovsky also missed a late spot-kick but it did not stop Ukraine moving level with Holland and Austria on three points in Group C having played a game more.
Goran Pandev had a goal disallowed for North Macedonia, who are now on the brink of elimination after losing their opening two games.