Netherlands vs Czech Republic result: final score, goals and report of Euro 2020
Posted On June 27, 2021
Just three games away from the round of 16 of Euro2020 and we have our first shock as the Czech Republic took a stunning 2-0 victory over the Netherlands in Budapest.
They deserved their victory, more composed, more careful and arguably more decisive than the Dutch, who take with them a 100% record in the group stage with absolutely nothing else to show. Tomas Holes put the Czech Republic ahead in the 68th minute, meeting Tomas Kalas’s header with one of his own, before Patrick Schick scored his fourth European Championships goal 10 minutes from time. .
This is a result that opens the more open side of the support. The Czech Republic will face Denmark in the quarter-finals next Saturday (July 3) with a real chance of reaching the semi-finals as in 1996.
Naturally, considering what we had seen so far, many had pencil in the Dutch for this place, especially the Dutch themselves. And among the regrets of a missed opportunity, the loser will linger on an incident seven minutes after half-time that upset the match.
The decisive moment was unequivocally the expulsion of Dutch defender Matthijs de Lift after manipulating the ball to prevent Schick from a free kick on goal. As the free kick was given, a VAR check confirmed that the Juventus defender should be given his marching orders.
From then on, there was only one winner, but above all on the balance of the game. Despite their domination in the first half and their despair at the end, the Netherlands failed to register a single shot on target. A statistic that hides the fact that Donyell Malen should have given them the advantage 27 seconds before de Ligt saw red.
This match was really a meeting of methods. Some might call them “philosophies”. But, really, it was more primitive than that.
Frank De Boer’s 3-4-1-2 had the Netherlands as standout performers in the group stage, filled with suspicious areas with all the top showmen. The Czech Republic, on the other hand, was arguably the wisest operator. Jaroslaw Silhavy implemented a structured but relatively basic plan, relying on the diligence of the whole rather than over reliance on Schick’s creativity. A quick wit without ever being spiritual.
But the round of 16, whether in club or country, offers the unique filter of doing it when it matters most. The suitors and suitors are separate, and often method and ambition. When the stakes are high, we discover how much confidence there is in the processes that have brought these parties to this point.
The consequence may be that we, the viewer, are left behind. The gravity of the occasion consumes pleasure as both teams opt for odds over possibilities leading to the boredom that has apparently been reserved for England games this tournament.
Glory, however, to us. Because it was nothing like it, confirmed when Denzel Dumfries, the winger’s back end, crossed the streams to head right to left, sneaking up on a ball crossing over the baseline of the Czech Republic from the first 20 minutes.
That rippling Dutch game that we had grown used to after three group wins still prevailed in this fourth game. Dumfries led the right, while Memphis Depay, Malen and Georgino Wijnaldum drifted and rushed into spaces to be found by Frenkie de Jong.
Yet while they had the course of things, the Czechs who had the most tangible opportunities to lament in a goalless first half. The hard work between Vladimir Coufal and Petr Sevcik saw the latter cross for Tomas Soucek, whose late dart into the box, a staple of most of his 10 league goals for West Ham this season, resulted in a diving header in the box. away from the second post.
Don’t be fooled by the England game. It was the most authentic face of the squad that broke through Group D with a professional win over Scotland and the best of a draw with Croatia. They had qualified by the time they got to Wembley, and they didn’t care whether it was second or third. And that was underlined by the fact that their five first-half attempts here matched their total against England.
One of those in the 38th minute should have resulted in the first goal. An offensive white jersey overload saw Antonin Barak with a free kick on goal which one of the few orange jerseys – from Ligt – managed to deflect for a corner.
This match will however be remembered for a completely different intervention from Ligt. While he may have stopped Schick from scoring a free kick on goal, the loss of a man was as much a punch as the best opportunity missed moments before.
With the last foray ahead with 11 Dutch players, the paint went through the defense and ended up head to head. A moment of hesitation and an unconvincing attempt to get around Tomas Vaclik were masterfully smothered by the 32-year-old keeper. The corresponding comeback attack ended a fight in terms of personnel.
The effect was clear as the Netherlands were stuck in front of their goal, and even more pronounced when the decisive moment arrived. A post-to-post header for another header were two opportunities that a six-foot-two center-back could have been useful. Barak’s cross on a wide free-kick was perfect, matched by the recycling of Kalas and the finishing of Holes.
As de Boer rushed forward and shouted, Silhavý gently urged his team to take a step further. And as the Dutch stretched, Holes soared to intercept a defensive header, between Wijnaldum and Dumfries before returning to Schick for a typically precise finish.
Long balls forward and delicate footwork around the Czech Republic’s surface lacked purpose or, basically, belief. And naturally, a team that thrived on vibration was defeated by structure. Free spirits chained by a team that knew its limits and that of its opposition.
The most pleasant team did not progress, but the best team won.