17 Jun 2021 - 23:26
EURO 2020: Netherlands vs Austria (2-0)
The Dutch managed to score the opening goal early from a penalty and created most of the goal scoring opportunities. Throughout the first half, the Austrian midfield has been struggling to get to ball to their strikers and could only manage one dangerous shot from 20 yards. The Netherlands were quick to break out in counters through the wings and have been finding spaces on many occasions in the Austrian's half but lacked lucidity in several of their attempts at goal.
In the second half the Netherlands made no mistake at the back and could secure their win without too many problems. The Orange team could launch more counters, taking advantage of the space left in midfield by their opponents during the phases when Austria were trying to push forward and needed more time to get back in position.
The second goal originated from Depay by the halfway line with his precise through ball onto Malen rushing towards the box, chased by two defenders. As he reaches a shooting position inside the left side of the box, he opts to square the ball to his right where Dumfries, unmarked, can easily tap it in.
Austria did create a few chances in the last 20 minutes, and maybe could have pulled one back had they been able to increase the pressure upfront, but it would have taken more to outplay the well-organized Orange team tonight.
Nevertheless considering the cheer number of times that the Dutch forwards managed to get in or around the box, they could have used more precision in some of their attempts at goals, and made better use of some situations where they were approaching the box outnumbering the Austrian defenders. However the job is done and this win already qualifies the Netherlands for the second round of the tournament as group C winners.
17 Jun 2021 - 20:17
EURO 2020: Denmark vs Belgium (1-2)
During the first half the Danish forwards spent some time pressing the Belgian defense during build up phases, preventing them from properly passing the ball to their midfielders. And when the Belgian managed to eventually get their midfield players inside the Danish half, they had been struggling with getting their usual quick passing game into action.
The Danish goal came only after 2 minutes. Following a missed forward pass from the Belgian defense the ball comes directly to Hojbjerg in central position just outside the box, who picks out Poulsen stepping into the area to his right. Poulsen's precise low strike enters the left corner of the goal.
Lukaku tried to drop deep to take part in the build-up, but the Danish defense has remained focused at trying to stop offensive plays as early as possible, giving him and Carrasco hardly any space to receive the ball in good conditions or to make runs inside the box.
Denmark have dared to take on this Belgian team right from the start, without defending too low, and in addition to their early goal, they were also able to create several goal-scoring opportunities.
With De Bruyne coming off the bench after the break, followed by Witsel and Eden Hazard 15 minutes later, the Belgian midfield was largely renewed in the second half. Belgium have been more at ease to develop their offensive game made of quick short passes in the last 25 yards.
Lukaku receives a pass forward on the right wing by the halfway line, his first touch allows him to turn and slightly break free from his marking defender, enough for the Belgian striker to start a run down the right wing, outpacing the defense. He drives inside the box from the right, cuts it back for de Bruyne, who picks out oncoming Thorgan Hazard to his left, who coolly slots the ball past the goalkeeper from close range.
Fifteen minutes later, quick link up play by the Belgian offensive line across the edge of the penalty area, outpacing the moves of the Danish defense trying to cut off the passing flow. The ball gets to De Bruyne whose low first time shot to the near post goes in the back of the net.
In the last 20 minutes the Danish have tried to play deep crosses into the box for Cornelius and Braithwaite and it nearly paid off if it weren't for the crossbar or good saves from Courtois.
17 Jun 2021 - 17:19
EURO 2020: Ukraine vs North Macedonia (2-1)
Except for two dangerous attacks including a goal disallowed to Pandev for offside, North Macedonia have not been able to cause any serious problems to the Ukrainian defense in the first half.
Shevchenko's men had been doing the job before the break, dominating the midfield and making very good use of timely passes into space, easily outplaying the North Macedonian defense's offside traps. The quick moves and link up plays of the Ukrainian forwards have outpaced the marking defenders, creating danger inside the box sometimes with a single pass, including one-on-one situations with the goalkeeper.
The first goal came following a corner from the left. Karavaiev slightly deflects the ball at the near post, sending it across the six-yard box all the way through to the far post, where Yarmolenko gets in first to tackle it into the back of the net.
Five minutes later, Yarmolenko on the right wing plays a well-timed pass into space for Yaremchuk who drives into the right side of the box and strikes the ball past the goalkeeper.
Ukraine have kept on creating goal scoring opportunities during the second half, but Dimitrievski denied many of their attempts at goal.
Unlike during the first half, North Macedonia have been attacking with more players and have created real danger in the Ukrainian defense.
The North Macedonian pulled one back after Trajkovski drilled a sweet strike from outside the box that bounces of the low end of the crossbar. Pandev latches on to the ball and is fouled inside the box. The referee calls the penalty. Alioski takes it, the ball is saved by Bushchan, making it bounce back into play and Alioski followed through to smash the ball into the net.
Lots of actions and efforts throughout the entire match may have caused the players from both teams to use quite some energy and in the last minutes, the attacks have been coming from box to box with lots of space in midfield. North Macedonia pushed until the dying seconds for an equalizer but the shots at goal have been lacking precision in the end.