Euro 2020: the Netherlands eliminated 2-0 by the Czech Republic

Czech Republic defender Vladimir Coufal celebrates victory over the Netherlands

Czech Republic defender Vladimir Coufal celebrates victory over the Netherlands
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The Czech Republic caused the biggest upheaval in Euro 2020 competition as the Netherlands crashed 2-0 against their less sophisticated opponents.

The underdogs dominated and took the lead in Budapest thanks to Tomas Holes, and Patrik Schick secured the win after Dutchman Matthijs de Ligt was sent off in the second half for unnecessary handball.

The result puts the Czechs in the quarter-finals, where they await Denmark in the last eight.

Frank de Boer has many questions to answer

Frank de Boer has many questions to answer
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The knives will surely be out for Dutch coach Frank de Boer after this major setback.

Goals from Tomas Holes and Patrik Schick helped the Czechs defeat the Netherlands at 10 in the most unlikely matches between contenders and favorites, to be the first team to advance to the quarter-finals at Puskas Arena .

The first half was a rather cautious affair and both sides drew at the break, but Tomas Soucek and Antonin Barak had chances for the underdogs, signaling the Czechs’ intention.

Just before the hour mark, the Dutch defense collapsed and was reduced to 10 men after De Ligt had a moment of madness and retrieved the ball with his hand. Cue UAE: Cue red card for the Juventus man.

It was all downhill when the Czechs took advantage of a corner kick, which was met at the back post by Tomas Kalas, who brought it back through the goal towards the holes to mop up and send the Czechs into party mode. The nails were driven in when, just minutes from time, Schick scored his fourth goal of the tournament to double the Czech lead and send the Oranje home in defeat.

Bring Denmark, say the Czechs. But major questions remain for the Dutch once again.

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