The Netherlands sealed a 100 per cent profitable document on the Euro 2020 group levels with a cushty 3-Zero victory over North Macedonia.
Former Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, now of PSG, hit a double to hitch Cristiano Ronaldo and Patrick Schick on the prime of the competitors’s scoring charts, whereas Memphis Depay additionally obtained on the scoresheet because the Oranje topped Group C in fashion.
Ryan Gravenberch, making his first aggressive begin for the Netherlands, curled an early shot over the bar for the hosts as they stamped their authority on proceedings early on.
North Macedonia had the ball within the web minutes later after Goran Pandev, making his ultimate look for his nation, teed up Ivan Trickovski to fit house, earlier than it was dominated out for offside.
Trickovski brilliantly linked up with Pandev as soon as extra little over ten minutes later as he performed a well-worked one-two with the veteran striker earlier than rifling an effort towards the bar.
But it surely was the Netherlands who took the lead moments later as Memphis Depay fired within the opener after beeing teed up by Donyell Malen.
Denzel Dumfries almost doubled Holland’s lead on the half hour mark however for an excellent save from North Macedona’s goalkeeper Stole Dimitrievski.
Dumfries, who has two objectives within the Netherlands’ opening two matches, couldn’t hearth house from shut vary.
On the interval, the Netherlands went forward with arguably the more severe of the probabilities – one thing not many would have predicted earlier than it kicked off.
Matthijs de Ligt had one of the best probability of the opening moments of the second half, together with his header cleared off the road by Trichkovski.
However a second of magic from Depay as soon as once more opened up North Macedonia.
The brand new Barcelona man discovered area down the left to move to Georginio Wijnaldum, now of PSG, to fireside house.
Wijnaldum had his second minutes later as he arrived on the excellent place to faucet house Depay’s rebounded effort house.
Extremely, it was the 30-year-old’s 26th aim in 78 appearances for his nation and proved to be the final aim for the hosts on the Amsterdam ArenA.
Ukraine 0-1 Austria
Elsewhere, Austria certified for the knockout levels of a European Championships ultimate for the primary time of their historical past after a 1-Zero victory towards Ukraine.
Having made it to the group levels in 2008 after which 2016, Christoph Baumgartner ensured he won’t ever should pay for a beer in Vienna once more with a well-placed header to sink Andriy Shevchenko’s males.
It means Austria will tackle the imperious Italy at Wembley on Saturday evening, a activity no crew in Europe will fancy, but Franco Foda’s males had been incisive up entrance and defensively strong on the again
With David Alaba marshalling the defence and Marcel Sabitzer offering the attacking impetus up entrance, Austria will definitely be no pushovers on this event.
It may have been a a lot simpler activity for Austria had Marko Arnautovic put a easy probability away within the first half, but he spurned an excellent alternative with the aim gaping.
Matt Holland watched the sport for talkSPORT 2 and was left surprised by the previous West Ham man’s incapability to place the ball at the back of the online.
“It’s a golden alternative,” Holland stated. “It needs to be two.
“It’s an excellent break from Ukraine and the area was there. It was laid on a plate they usually couldn’t take benefit, Austria needs to be 2-Zero up.”