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Denzel Dumfries headed a dramatic late winner to earn the Netherlands victory after Ukraine had come back from 2-0 down in a Group C thriller in Amsterdam.
Oranje boss Frank de Boer is hoping to use Euro 2020 to prove to fans he is the right man to lead the team into a successful new era after an unconvincing start in the role.
It looked like going to plan for De Boer when Georginio Wijnaldum, who scored eight times in qualifying, pounced from inside the box before Wout Weghorst’s instinctive finish doubled the lead.
But Ukraine pulled one back through Andriy Yarmolenko’s outstanding 25-yard dipping finish and, four minutes later, Roman Yaremchuk headed the equaliser to silence the Dutch fans.
However, Dumfries’ excellent 85th minute header, after substitute Nathan Ake’s cross, earned the Netherlands victory on their return to the major tournament stage after a seven-year absence.
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De Boer headed into Euro 2020 on the back of 11 games in charge that have seen five wins, four draws and losses to Mexico and Turkey. Not all fans are convinced he is the right man for the role.
Yet his team of youth and experience showed grit and determination to edge the highest scoring game of the tournament so far – much to the delight of most of the 16,000 fans inside the ground.
While 19-year-old defender Jurrien Timber made just his third appearance for his country, Maarten Stekelenburg started in goal at the age of 38.
It was Stekelenburg’s opposite number, Georgi Bushchan, who looked like frustrating the hosts as he made excellent saves to keep out Memphis Depay and Wijnaldum before the latter opened the scoring, the first of five goals in 33 minutes.
Yarmolenko’s long-range finish to begin Ukraine’s comeback was the pick of the bunch but it was Dumfries’ header that lifted the roof as the Netherlands got their campaign off to a winning start.
Both teams are back in action on Thursday. While Ukraine take on North Macedonia in Bucharest at 14:00 BST, the Netherlands entertain Austria in Amsterdam at 20:00.
Player of the match
with an average of 8.13
Squad number8Player nameWijnaldum
Squad number22Player nameDumfries
Squad number21Player namede Jong
Squad number19Player nameWeghorst
Squad number10Player nameDepay
Squad number6Player namede Vrij
Squad number4Player nameAké
Squad number17Player nameBlind
Squad number12Player namevan Aanholt
Squad number15Player namede Roon
Squad number25Player nameTimber
Squad number1Player nameStekelenburg
Squad number5Player nameWijndal
Squad number9Player namede Jong
Squad number2Player nameVeltman
Squad number18Player nameMalen
Squad number7Player nameYarmolenko
Squad number9Player nameYaremchuk
Squad number17Player nameZinchenko
Squad number8Player nameMalinovskiy
Squad number5Player nameSydorchuk
Squad number20Player nameZubkov
Squad number10Player nameShaparenko
Squad number16Player nameMykolenko
Squad number22Player nameMatvienko
Squad number1Player nameBushchan
Squad number13Player nameZabarnyi
Squad number21Player nameKaravaev
Squad number11Player nameMarlos
- 25TimberSubstituted forVeltmanat 88′minutes
- 6de Vrij
- 17BlindSubstituted forAkéat 64′minutes
- 15de Roon
- 21de Jong
- 12van AanholtSubstituted forWijndalat 64′minutes
- 19WeghorstSubstituted forde Jongat 88′minutes
- 10DepaySubstituted forMalenat 90+1′minutes
- 9de Jong
- 5SydorchukBooked at 90mins
- 20ZubkovSubstituted forMarlosat 13′minutesSubstituted forShaparenkoat 64′minutes
- Dr. Felix Brych
Match ends, Netherlands 3, Ukraine 2.
Second Half ends, Netherlands 3, Ukraine 2.
Serhiy Sydorchuk (Ukraine) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.
Luuk de Jong (Netherlands) wins a free kick on the left wing.
Foul by Serhiy Sydorchuk (Ukraine).
Frenkie de Jong (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Serhiy Sydorchuk (Ukraine).
Substitution, Netherlands. Donyell Malen replaces Memphis Depay.
Substitution, Netherlands. Joël Veltman replaces Jurriën Timber.
Substitution, Netherlands. Luuk de Jong replaces Wout Weghorst.
Nathan Aké (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the defensive half.
Foul by Ruslan Malinovskiy (Ukraine).
Goal! Netherlands 3, Ukraine 2. Denzel Dumfries (Netherlands) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Nathan Aké with a cross.
Frenkie de Jong (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Roman Yaremchuk (Ukraine).
Goal! Netherlands 2, Ukraine 2. Roman Yaremchuk (Ukraine) header from the centre of the box to the bottom right corner. Assisted by Ruslan Malinovskiy with a cross following a set piece situation.
Foul by Stefan de Vrij (Netherlands).
Oleksandr Zinchenko (Ukraine) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Attempt blocked. Nathan Aké (Netherlands) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Marten de Roon.
Foul by Owen Wijndal (Netherlands).
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