Netherlands 3-2 Ukraine: Denzel Dumfries heads winner to settle thrilleron June 13, 2021 at 9:29 pm

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Denzel Dumfries heads a dramatic late winner to earn the Netherlands victory after Ukraine come back from 2-0 down in a Group C thriller in Amsterdam.

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Oranje boss Frank de Boer is hoping to use Euro 2020 to prove to fans he is the right man to lead the team into a successful new era after an unconvincing start in the role.

It looked like going to plan for De Boer when Georginio Wijnaldum, who scored eight times in qualifying, pounced from inside the box before Wout Weghorst’s instinctive finish doubled the lead.

But Ukraine pulled one back through Andriy Yarmolenko’s outstanding 25-yard dipping finish and, four minutes later, Roman Yaremchuk header the equaliser to silence the Dutch fans.

However, Dumfries’ excellent 85th minute header, after substitute Nathan Ake’s cross, earned the Netherlands victory on their return to the major tournament stage after a seven-year absence.

Fans displayed a flag urging Denmark's Christian Eriksen, who started his professional career at Ajax, to stay strong after he collapsed the previous day

Will the Oranje be Euro 2020’s great entertainers?

De Boer headed into Euro 2020 on the back of 11 games in charge that have seen five wins, four draws and losses to Mexico and Turkey. Not all fans are convinced he is the right man for the role.

Yet his team of youth and inexperience showed grit and determination to edge the highest scoring game of the tournament so far – much to the delight of most of the 16,000 fans in the ground.

While 19-year-old defender Jurrien Timber made just his third appearance for his country, Maarten Stekelenburg started in goal at the age of 38.

It was Stekelenburg’s opposite number, Georgi Bushchan, who looked like frustrating the hosts as he made excellent saves to keep out Memphis Depay and Wijnaldum before the latter opened the scoring, the first of five goals in 33 minutes.

Yarmolenko’s long-range finish to begin Ukraine’s comeback was the pick of the bunch but it was Dumfries’ header which lifted the roof as the Netherlands got their campaign off to a winning start.

Georginio Wijnaldum scores for the Netherlands against Ukraine at Euro 2020

What’s next?

Both teams are back in action on Thursday. While Ukraine take on North Macedonia in Bucharest at 14:00 BST, the Netherlands entertain Austria in Amsterdam at 20:00.

Netherlands

  1. Squad number8Player nameWijnaldum

    Average rating

    8.10

  2. Squad number22Player nameDumfries

    Average rating

    7.66

  3. Squad number21Player namede Jong

    Average rating

    7.65

  4. Squad number19Player nameWeghorst

    Average rating

    7.15

  5. Squad number10Player nameDepay

    Average rating

    6.99

  6. Squad number6Player namede Vrij

    Average rating

    6.87

  7. Squad number4Player nameAké

    Average rating

    6.76

  8. Squad number17Player nameBlind

    Average rating

    6.68

  9. Squad number12Player namevan Aanholt

    Average rating

    6.67

  10. Squad number15Player namede Roon

    Average rating

    6.66

  11. Squad number25Player nameTimber

    Average rating

    6.59

  12. Squad number1Player nameStekelenburg

    Average rating

    6.49

  13. Squad number5Player nameWijndal

    Average rating

    6.45

  14. Squad number9Player namede Jong

    Average rating

    6.43

  15. Squad number2Player nameVeltman

    Average rating

    6.35

  16. Squad number18Player nameMalen

    Average rating

    6.35

Ukraine

  1. Squad number7Player nameYarmolenko

    Average rating

    8.13

  2. Squad number9Player nameYaremchuk

    Average rating

    7.89

  3. Squad number17Player nameZinchenko

    Average rating

    7.62

  4. Squad number8Player nameMalinovskiy

    Average rating

    7.24

  5. Squad number5Player nameSydorchuk

    Average rating

    6.97

  6. Squad number20Player nameZubkov

    Average rating

    6.87

  7. Squad number10Player nameShaparenko

    Average rating

    6.81

  8. Squad number16Player nameMykolenko

    Average rating

    6.77

  9. Squad number22Player nameMatvienko

    Average rating

    6.75

  10. Squad number1Player nameBushchan

    Average rating

    6.67

  11. Squad number13Player nameZabarnyi

    Average rating

    6.66

  12. Squad number21Player nameKaravaev

    Average rating

    6.61

  13. Squad number11Player nameMarlos

    Average rating

    6.22

Line-ups

Netherlands

Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Stekelenburg
  • 25TimberSubstituted forVeltmanat 88’minutes
  • 6de Vrij
  • 17BlindSubstituted forAkéat 64’minutes
  • 22Dumfries
  • 15de Roon
  • 8Wijnaldum
  • 21de Jong
  • 12van AanholtSubstituted forWijndalat 64’minutes
  • 19WeghorstSubstituted forde Jongat 88’minutes
  • 10DepaySubstituted forMalenat 90+1’minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Veltman
  • 4Aké
  • 5Wijndal
  • 7Berghuis
  • 9de Jong
  • 13Krul
  • 14Klaassen
  • 16Gravenberch
  • 18Malen
  • 23Bizot
  • 24Koopmeiners
  • 26Gakpo

Ukraine

Formation 4-3-3

  • 1Bushchan
  • 21Karavaev
  • 13Zabarnyi
  • 22Matvienko
  • 16Mykolenko
  • 8Malinovskiy
  • 5SydorchukBooked at 90mins
  • 17Zinchenko
  • 7Yarmolenko
  • 9Yaremchuk
  • 20ZubkovSubstituted forMarlosat 13’minutesSubstituted forShaparenkoat 64’minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Sobol
  • 4Kryvtsov
  • 6Stepanenko
  • 10Shaparenko
  • 11Marlos
  • 12Pyatov
  • 14Makarenko
  • 19Besedin
  • 23Trubin
  • 24Tymchyk
  • 25Popov
  • 26Dovbyk
Referee:
Dr. Felix Brych
Attendance:
15,837

Live Text

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Match ends, Netherlands 3, Ukraine 2.

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