Netherlands vs Czech Republic LIVE Football Match Score June 27/6/2021
Netherlands play the Czech Republic in a UEFA EURO 2020 round of 16 tie in Budapest on Sunday 27 June at 18:00 CET. Netherlands were the top scorers in the group stage, netting three times in their victories against Ukraine and North Macedonia with a 2-0 win over Austria sandwiched in between. Those impressive performances all came in Amsterdam, though, and the next task for the Group C winners is to continue that free-scoring form in Budapest.
The Oranje will also need to break down a sturdy Czech Republic defence that kept a clean sheet in their opening 2-0 success against Scotland, held on for a 1-1 draw with Croatia and were narrowly beaten by England at Wembley Stadium. In three-goal Patrik Schick, the Czechs – third in Group D – have a striker who can be a match winner if this turns out to be another tight contest.
There would be no fitting send off for North Macedonia talisman Goran Pandev – although he was given a guard of honour by his own teammates upon being substituted in the 67th minute – by which time the Netherlands had already struck three goals to cruise to a simple success.
Memphis Depay was unsurprisingly the one to break the deadlock on the day, and the soon-to-be Barcelona attacker turned provider for Georginio Wijnaldum to double the lead before the ex-Liverpool man added the cherry on the icing on the cake with his second and Oranje’s third in the 58th minute.
The ruthless nature of the Netherlands has shone through at these Championships, with no other team in the group stage topping the eight goals that Oranje scored in their three group matches, and De Boer has witnessed his side score at least two goals in each of their last 10 matches in all competitions.
Having seemingly found the optimal formula for success with a new-look 3-4-1-2 setup, De Boer is slowly winning over his critics after some pre-tournament pessimism with regard to their chances, and another welcome fixture with Wales or Denmark awaits should the Netherlands progress as expected.
Not since Euro 2000 – when De Boer was an integral cog in the Oranje machine – have the Netherlands opened a European Championships campaign with four straight victories, but having dazzled and delighted so far, a first quarter-final appearance since 2008 is no less than their ardent supporters will accept.