Euro 2020: Netherlands beat Austria 2-0 in their Group C encounter Goals from Memphis Depay and Denzel Dumfries confirmed the Oranje as Group C winners after two games

The Netherlands confirmed their place in the knockout stages with a 2-0 win against Austria. Having beaten Ukraine 3-2 on Matchday 1, they have also secured the top spot in Group C.

The game got off to the perfect start for the Dutch when they were awarded a penalty within 10 minutes. Denzel Dumfries was clipped as he raced to get to a loose ball first and following a lengthy VAR review, the spot-kick was given. Memphis Depay stepped up and calmly tucked the ball away into the bottom left corner to put the Netherlands ahead.

Relief finally came on 67 minutes when Donyell Malen – fresh on as a substitute – broke fast and squared selflessly for Dumfries to crash in the Netherlands’ second. Alaba bent a fiendish shot wide with ten minutes to go, but Austria will be determined to create more when they take on Ukraine in their final Group C game.

Star of the Match: Denzel Dumfries

“He was really good in defence and showed a great work ethic. He was rewarded with a goal after being a threat going forward all game.”
Aitor Karanka, UEFA Technical Observer.

Responses

Frank de Boer, Netherlands coach: “Memphis can take some more steps during a tournament. In the matches to follow, where it will really get important, he will be the big man. I am full of confidence that he will do so. He created the penalty and gave a pre-assist tonight. He knows that he can do better but let’s grow into the tournament. He can show his quality in the later stages.”

Franco Foda, Austria coach: “We gave the ball away too easily in the first half; we invited the Netherlands to hit us on the break too often. We got into the final third a few times but didn’t get our crosses in. We didn’t create enough chances. Either we didn’t cross or we didn’t shoot. We weren’t determined enough, we lacked purpose. It wasn’t enough going forward.”

David Alaba, Austria captain: “I am proud of the team – we showed courage. We didn’t play as well in the final third as we would have liked. I take responsibility for the penalty. That really hurts.”

Line-ups:-

Netherlands: Stekelenburg; Dumfries, De Vrij, De Ligt, Blind (Aké 64), Van Aanholt (Wijndal 65); De Roon (Gravenberch 74), Wijnaldum, F. de Jong; Weghorst (Malen 64), Depay (L. de Jong 82)

Austria: Bachmann; Lainer, Dragović (Lienhart 84), Hinteregger, Ulmer; Baumgartner (Lazaro 70), X. Schlager (Onisiwo 84), Laimer (Grillitsch 61), Alaba; Gregoritsch (Kalajdzic 62), Sabitzer

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