Netherlands VS Austria UEFA Euro LIVE Football Score 18 June 2021
Having each taken maximum points from their opening games, victory in this game would be enough to book progress for either the Netherlands or Austria. The Oranje overcame a scare on Matchday 1 as Ukraine staged a fightback from 2-0 down, but ultimately the Netherlands’ attacking prowess was too strong. That is unlikely to faze an Austria side buoyed by recording their maiden EURO finals victory last time out in a 3-1 triumph over North Macedonia.
Austria’s historic win against North Macedonia provided such a release of pressure that their match against the Netherlands can almost be viewed as a free hit. But make no mistake, Das Nationalteam are not travelling to Amsterdam as tourists; they know a point will all but secure passage to the round of 16 and that’s what I think Foda will play for. The big question is whether or not he will stick with Alaba at the heart of a back three or revert to the familiar 4-2-3-1.
Oranje were the better of the two teams in a goalless first half, with Denzel Dumfries guilty of missing Frank de Boer’s side’s best chance after a superb pass by the lively Georginio Wijnaldum.
Wijnaldum, who recently completed his free transfer from Liverpool to Paris Saint-Germain, is granted greater freedom for his country than he was for his previous club in recent years, and he duly delivered the opening goal after Ukraine goalkeeper Heorhiy Bushchan spilled the ball to the midfielder on the edge of the area.
Wout Weghorst doubled his international tally and the Netherlands’ lead in the match six minutes later, but Andriy Yarmolenko was allowed far too much time and space to bend a superb left-footed strike into the top corner from distance, before Roman Yaremchuk completed a dramatic turnaround with a close-range header.
However, Dumfries made amends for his earlier miss by leaping highest at the back post to head into the ground and beyond Bushchan, who may have felt he should have kept it out having got a hand onto the ball.
Netherlands will need to ensure they defend better against a dangerous Austria side on Thursday, but offensively there is clearly plenty of promise about this side, particularly with Memphis Depay yet to hit top form.