EC FootballFor 75 minutes, Holland appeared to make a statement. Orange walked over Ukraine at times. However, he went 2-0 up in four minutes and then won the match via Dumfries in the final stage. Huge mental boost, but not all doubts disappeared under the grass.
The previous period was full of bumps and we express ourselves calmly. The optimism over Moerdijk ahead of the European Championship could be called lukewarm with some good intentions. No, the Orange craze has been limited to stunts from supermarkets and some satirical European Championship songs. However, for 75 minutes it seemed as if everything would fall into place. The orange started against Ukraine in the 5-3-2 match of national coach De Boer, which was previously canceled. He had all the confidence in himself and for good reason. De Boer erased some errors in training matches within a week.
Depay tested goalkeeper Bochchan in the second minute and Dumfries hit the Ukrainian last piece from close range. The pace was definitely jumping at that initial stage. Halfway through the first half we saw Van Anholt – a surprisingly favorite on the left – bent on breathing. Ukraine did it all as well as possible, but turned out excellently, often with Yarmolenko on the right and Yarchuk well known as a handball player.
Shortly before the end of the first half, an attacking wave from Orange passed through the Johan Cruyff Stadium. Memphis Depay requested and received support for 16,000 who were allowed to attend with a negative PCR test. Wijnaldum kicked hard, but Buchan still had a strong reaction. Dumfries’ head is inexplicably wide. The orange team showed a very different face than in the training matches in which it shook on all sides, but with ten attempts before the break and 60 per cent possession of the ball, the orange failed to score.
Delayed, but no modification. Orange turned the throttle a little right after the rest. Ukraine was cracking now. Wijnaldum mercilessly punished goalkeeper Buchan’s foul: 1-0. Orange seemed to have unleashed and crushed Malinovsky and his comrades. The radical Weghorst punished the naive defense with a goal 2-0. The beloved striker also removed doubts about his starting place. The Netherlands suddenly rose up. She chose control and did not categorically look for a third target. This seemed to be the right choice because Ukraine did not appear in the story again until Yarmolenko suddenly threw the ball into the top corner. Quite suddenly, but it was enough to sow suspicion among our northern neighbors. With Malinovskyi in the other camp, it’s best not to give up free kicks. De Vrij did it anyway and served former Genkie Yaremchuk with a perfect pass. Buffalo head straight inside. 2-2 The Netherlands suddenly headed to lose points and a new hope for despair.
However, the match turned again. Aki shot in front of the goal and Dumfries header strongly. This way he saved the Dutch after all. They started the European Championship with a heroic victory in a fantastic match with five goals after the first half. The orange could already qualify for the 1/8 final against Austria on Thursday.
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