Netherlands complete clean sweep, Austria finish runners-up

    Georginio Wijnaldum scored twice and Memphis Depay added to his 3-0 victory over the Netherlands in northern Macedonia on Monday to maintain his 100% record at Euro 2020 – but not before surviving some of the first horrors at the Johan Cruyff Arena. Austria beat the unfortunate Ukraine 1-0 on Monday, finishing second in Group C.

    The Dutch had already won the first place in Group C, but stressed their dominance with full recovery of points as Northern Macedonia left the tournament without anyone.

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    Depay opened the scoring in the first half and Wijnaldum added two in the seven minutes to move ahead of Marco van Basten to his country’s scorers list.

    The captain now has 25 goals for the Netherlands, heading to Budapest for their last 16 games on Sunday against one of the top three finishers from teams D, E or F.

    Northern Macedonia offered a willing intention to create an upset and had the ball in the Dutch net early, only for Ivan Trickovski to be ruled out from the side. Alexander Trajkovski then broke with a powerful shot, which had beaten Dutch goalkeeper Marten Stekelberg, but came out from behind.

    Instead, the home side took the lead in the 24th minute, although in the middle of a controversy, as a match from Daley Blind to Goran Pandev launched a counterattack, was quickly executed with Donyell Malen and Depay joining before the latter took the ball out. .

    A VAR check, however, found that Blind’s treatment was legal, much to the disgust of the Macedonians.

    Immediately after half time, Matthijs de Ligt had a strong header that missed the line from Trickovski as the Dutch warned of a more decisive approach. Wijnaldum then doubled the lead six minutes into the half as Depay put him in close range.


    More than convincing, they allowed Wijnaldum another goal in the 58th minute, with Depay once again the provider, and the captain may have completed a hattrick four minutes later, but he shot.

    Substitute Wout Weghorst dropped the ball to the line with his first touch after arriving, but Northern Macedonia managed to lower the shutters in the last 20 minutes.

    The Dutch, who also won in the group stage against Ukraine and Austria, have now scored at least two goals in their last 10 internationals in one run until November. Austria finished second in the group, defeating Ukraine 1-0 in Bucharest at the same time.

    Northern Macedonia leader Padev, 37, left in about 22 minutes at the end of a 20-year international career and was honored by deputies and team officials on the touch line. He had announced his intention to retire before Monday’s match, but had little effect on his final trip.

    Austria advances to the 16th with a victory over Ukraine

    Christoph Baumgartner’s first half sealed a piece of history for Austria as they beat the unfortunate Ukraine 1-0 on Monday, finishing second in Group C and sealed first place in the last 16 of the European Championship.

    Austria was able to celebrate their achievement, but the result leaves Ukraine sweating at what appears to be a small chance of being among the top four third-placed teams and also winning their place in the knockout stages.

    Baumgartner returned to the corner of David Alaba in the middle of the first half as Austria took advantage of an indifferent performance from Ukraine, who struggled to find liquidity when it seemed to matter more in the tournament.

    The Netherlands, who beat Northern Macedonia 3-0 in their final match, outscored the group by nine points from their three games, while Austria is second with six points and Ukraine has three, and a negative goal difference.

    Austria may not be celebrating for long as they face Italy in the last 16 in London on Saturday, facing Roberto Mancini’s unbeaten side in the last 30 internationals who have not conceded in 11 games.

    Ukraine coach Andriy Shevchenko will be confused by the unstable performance of his side – he eventually finished at the top of his qualifying team, gaining 20 points from their eight games – three more than the Portuguese holders. But they showed no persistence against their hard-working opponents.

    Austria made the earlier run and went 21 minutes with a simple goal. Alaba corner kick reached Baumgartner, who aimed to score, but didnt.

    Ukraine wasted a lot of possession with wrong passes, but created a rare opening just before the half hour mark when Mykola Shaparenko’s shot was hit by Austrian goalkeeper Daniel Bachmann and Andriy Yarmolenko failed to score. .

    Marko Arnautovic, back to the side after a suspension, missed a great opportunity to double the lead before the break when he found himself unmarked in the box, but could not get a firm link to an attractive cross by Alessandro Schopf and the ball fell. impressively.

    Ukraine was brighter at the beginning of the second half and showed more ambition to move forward and put pressure on Austria.

    But the lack of accuracy with their passing continued to hinder the side and the only time it seemed threatening was from occasional set opportunities.

    Even in the closing stages, as the minutes ended, Ukraine never seemed to get the goal that would have meant they finished over the Austrians.