North Macedonia eliminated at Euro 2020 as Netherlands progress

Debutant North Macedonia has become the first team to be eliminated from the UEFA Euro 2020 following a 2-1 loss against Ukraine. They will finish in fourth place in the group however the final match against the Netherlands turns out. Meanwhile, the Dutch sealed their ticket to the Round of 16 by beating Austria 2-0. Both Austria and Ukraine have 3 points and North Macedonia has 0.

Memphis Depay and Denzel Dumfries scored a goal in each half to help the Dutch team seal the place in the next round of the tournament. Depay kicked a penalty low into the corner in the 11th minute before Dumfries scored his second goal of the tournament in the 67th following receiving an assist from PSV Eindhoven teammate Donyell Malen. Follow us for more updates at the Euro league final

“We showed some different qualities today,” Netherlands coach Frank de Boer said. “Defensively we were much better than (against) Ukraine.” The 1988 European champions, finished third at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, are playing at a major international soccer tournament for the first time in seven years and qualified for the knockout stage with a game to spare. 

Austria played without forward Marko Arnautović after he was handed a one-match ban by UEFA for insulting a North Macedonian player in the teams’ Euro 2020 opener, where Austria claimed its first win at a major tournament in 31 years and its first ever at the European Championship.  “We still have it in our hands to qualify for the round of 16,” Austria coach Franco Foda said.

The Netherlands will play its final Group C match against North Macedonia next week in Amsterdam, while Austria will take on Ukraine in Bucharest. Elsewhere, Denmark and Belgium players have halted their match for a stadium-wide minute’s applause to pay tribute to Christian Eriksen, who suffered cardiac arrest during their opening match. Eriksen is currently recovering in the hospital.

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