Euro 2021: the Netherlands winners against Ukraine after a spectacular match

Absent from the Euro since the 2012 edition, the Dutch punctuated their comeback in competition with a snatch victory against Ukraine on Sunday night.

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After the immaculate entries of Italy, Belgium and England, the Netherlands had to get their hands dirty to start Euro 2021 with a victory. Frank de Boer’s players defeated Ukraine on Sunday, June 13 (3-2), in front of their home crowd at the Johan Cruyff Arena in Amsterdam. Faced with an eye-catching and technically gifted opponent, a 2-0 advantage fifteen minutes from the end of regulation time was not enough to take shelter permanently.

Georginio Wijnaldum had nevertheless shown the way back from the locker room, after a pleasant first act but devoid of goal. Opportunistic, the new player of Paris Saint-Germain scored in a goal abandoned by goalkeeper Georgiy Bushchan, busy pushing back the dangerous center on the ground of Denzel Dumfries (52nd). The Oranje doubled the lead six minutes later thanks to their striker Wout Weghorst (58th), in the right place at the right time to catch Mykola Matvienko’s light intervention on Dumfries.

They then thought they had done the hard part by knocking out their evening opponent. But with only fifteen minutes remaining, Andriy Yarmolenko woke his people up by scoring the first wonder of the Euro. Not attacked from twenty meters, the West Ham winger unleashed a powerful and plunging shot into the skylight of a helpless Maarten Stekelenburg (75th). It did not take more to rekindle the Ukrainian flame. Four minutes later, Roman Yaremchuk equalized on a free kick deposited by Ruslan Malinovskyi on his head (79th).

Despite the scenario of the match, the Netherlands found the resources to come back to the front in extremis. Already involved on the first two goals, Denzel Dumfries this time turned into a scorer, victoriously taking over a center from the left of the incoming Nathan Aké (84th). What reward the successful performance in the game of his team and prevent him from being weighed down by his defensive largesse.

After the immaculate entries into the field of Italy, Belgium and England, all winners without conceding a single goal, the Netherlands had to work hard from their first match. But thanks to this victory of character, against an opponent who had already caused problems for France in qualifying for the 2022 World Cup on March 24 (1-1), the teammates of Memphis Depay will not have to wait to enter the bath of Euro 2021.

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