A three in three for confidence. Already assured of finishing in first place in Group C before the start of the match, the Netherlands were keen to deliver a full match against a valiant team from North Macedonia in order to continue their good dynamic (3-0) , Monday in Amsterdam. Memphis Depay started hostilities before Georginio Wijnaldum offered himself a brace in the second half to allow the Oranjes to reach the knockout stages of this Euro 2020 with full confidence. The formation of Frank De Boer will continue its adventure accompanied by Austria, victorious against Ukraine at the same time (1-0).
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Impressive since the start of the competition, the Netherlands have once again ensured in their scratchy costume of this Euro 2020. After Austria (3-1) and Ukraine (2-1), it was it is the turn of the North Macedonians to bear the brunt of the explosiveness of Frank De Boer’s attackers, who seem decidedly unassailable. Because even assured of finishing in first place in their group, Memphis Depay and company made their opponents live an ordeal.
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However, at the start of the meeting, it was their opponents, with a logically relaxed football, who lit the first fuse. Thrown behind the Dutch defense, Ivan Trickovski perfectly adjusted Stekelenburg to open the scoring with a flat left foot before seeing his goal refused for a slight offside position (10th). Then it was Trajkovski’s turn to send a thrill in the stadium of the Johan Cruyff Arena on a clear shot right on the right post of the Dutch goalkeeper (22nd).
This was too much for the Netherlands, who then passed the second. On a one-two in counterattack with Donyell Malen, Memphis Depay was delighted to score his second goal of the competition (his 28th in selection) with a cross shot at close range (1-0, 24th ). Then the orange wave did not stop. But Dumfries missed his face-to-face with Dimitrievski (30th), Depay his double from entering the area (31st) and the Macedonian block compacted to keep the score intact when returning to the locker room.
In the second half, the Oranjes, supporting the opposing defense, resumed their work of undermining. And if De Ligt saw Trickovski push back his attempt with a head just on his line (50th), Georginho Wijnaldum made the break in stride thanks to a superb assist from Memphis Depay (2-0, 51st). The new resident of Paris Saint-Germain, very leggy during this Euro, even offered himself a double at the hour of play by resuming a strike from Depay repulsed by Dimitrievski at close range (3-0, 58th) in order to temporarily seize the first place in the ranking of the scorers of the competition.
The job done, the Netherlands then let the game come to them. While Macedonian legend Goran Pandev had just received a standing ovation on his exit for what had just been his 122nd and last match in his national jersey, Wout Weghorst saw his powerful strike hit the crossbar (69th) for the last real occasion of the meeting.
With this full three of three, the Oranjes sent a message to their next opponents in the knockout phase. In the round of 16, Memphis Depay’s teammates will be accompanied by Austria, victorious over Ukraine at the same time (1-0), while North Macedonia is eliminated without having won the slightest point, nor demerit.
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