Netherlands beat Austria 2-0 and advance to the last 16 of the Euro Cup

Memphis Depay, in a penalty shootout, and Dumfries scored for the Dutch team, which reached six points and remains in the lead of Group C

EFE/EPA/Olaf Kraak Debay celebrates Netherlands goal against Austria

A Dutch team guaranteed his place in the round of 16 of the Eurocup this Thursday, 17, by winning the Austria 2-0, in Amsterdam, in a match valid for the second round. Memphis Depay, taking a penalty, and Dumfries scored for the Netherlands, who reached six points and need only a draw against Northern Macedonia to end up at the top of Group C. The Austrians, in turn, remain with three, and need to beat the Ukraine to go to the knockout without depending on other results. The games take place next Monday, 21.

Technically better, “A Clockwork Orange” had control of offensive actions in the first half, finishing with 6 submissions against 2 by the Austrian team. Even so, the Netherlands only opened the scoreboard after a penalty kick, in an infraction marked with the assistance of the video referee (VAR). At 9 minutes, Dumfries had his foot stepped on by Alaba. On the charge, Depay hit the corner, taking the zero off the marker. Keeping up the pressure, the home team created some chances with passes from Wijnaldum and De Jong, who commanded the midfield, and only did not expand because Depay lost an incredible chance, in the last moments of the initial stage.

On the return from the break, Austria tried to go out more to the attack, releasing more Alaba and using Sabitzer, a defensive midfielder who now has more freedom. Visitors, however, had little creativity and ended up taking the second. First came the scare with defender De Ligt, who wasted an unbelievable chance after a corner kick. Afterwards, there was no way out: in a fast attack, Malen advanced at speed and played for Dumfries only to complete for the nets. In the end, Kalajdzic and Alaba even risked and threatened a reaction, but failed to convert their respective chances.

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