🏆 Depay and Dumfries do it for the Dutch; Belgium and Ukraine win

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There are three more Euro 2020 games across Groups B and C on Thursday and you can follow all the action right here …


Netherlands 2-0 Austria

Netherlands 2
Austria 0
Full time

Scorers: Depay (PEN) 11′, Dumfries 67′

Frank de Boer’s Netherlands booked their place in the last 16 after breezing past Austria 2-0 thanks to goals from Memphis Depay and Denzel Dumfries.

Holland got off to the perfect start when Denzel Dumfries was fouled in the area by David Alaba, and after a lengthy VAR check Memphis Depay converted from the penalty spot.

Frenkie de Jong and Gini Wijnaldum were pulling the strings in midfield but despite a monopoly on possession, couldn’t create another clear-cut opening.

They opening did come though, on 40 minutes, but Depay fluffed his lines when it really did look easier to score.

Into the second half and it really was still one-way traffic with Austria failing to get in behind the home defence and forced to stick to pot shots from distance.

Frank de Boer’s men kept knocking on the door for a second and really should have got it on the hour mark only for Matthijs de Ligt to have his effort deflected just wide.

That second did come though, on 67 minutes, as the Dutch raced through on goal and Dumfries tapped in from close range.


Denmark 1-2 Belgium

Denmark 1
Belgium 2
Full time

Scorers: Poulsen 2′; Hazard 54′, De Bruyne 70′

Belgium battled back from an early setback to book their place in the last 16 as two superb team goals fired them past Denmark in Copenhagen.

The hosts got off to the perfect start as Yussuf Poulsen netted inside two minutes, finished superbly 15 yards from goal after a Jason Denayer error.

There was then a lovely touch on 10 minutes as the game stopped for everyone in the arena to applaud Christian Eriksen after his cardiac arrest at the weekend.

Belgium levelled shortly after half-time when a devastating break down the right saw Romelu Lukaku tear through to set up Kevin De Bruyne, who then supplied Thorgan Hazard with a lovely disguised pass to equalise.

De Bruyne then put the Red Devils ahead himself when he finished magnificently with a low, fizzed effort at the near post following excellent work from Lukaku on the right flank again.

Denmark almost grabbed a late point, only for a Martin Braithwaite header to clip the top of the crossbar and keep them bottom of the group after two games, while Belgium have now secured their knockout stage place.


Ukraine 2-1 North Macedonia

Ukraine 2
North Macedonia 1
Full time

Scorers: Yarmolenko 29′, Yaremchuk 34′; Alioski 57′

Ukraine gave their Euro 2020 hopes a big boost with a narrow win over North Macedonia in an exciting affair.

Having opened Ukraine’s account for the tournament with a wonder goal in their first game, West Ham’s Andriy Yarmolenko did it again just before the half-hour mark, pouncing at the back post from a corner to steer the ball into the back of the net.

And the same man who followed him with the second goal against the Netherlands repeated that trick too, with Roman Yaremchuk beating the offside trap before coolly finishing from Yarmolenko’s pass.

North Macedonia pulled one back after the break thanks to Ezgjan Alioski, who followed up quickly with a rebound after he had a penalty kick saved.

On 84 minutes, the fourth penalty of the tournament (and second of the game) was then missed at the other end as Stole Dimitrievski denied Ruslan Malinovskyi from the spot but it ultimately didn’t cost Andriy Shevchenko’s side.

Ukraine move on to three points, while North Macedonia stay bottom on zero with two games played.