Netherlands grab 1/16 spot after a 2-0 win over Austria
Memphis Depay and Denzel Dumfries were on the score sheet for the Oranjes.
The Netherlands on Thursday night beat the Austrian in a comfortable fashion in the Euro 2020.
De Dutch had enough class and strength in depth to still record a reasonably comfortable 2-0 win that puts them top of Group C and thus qualified them for the round 16 stage
Goals scored by Memphis Depay, from the penalty spot, and Denzel Dumfries added another one as Frank De Boer’s side made it two wins from two.
The Netherlands got off to the best possible start with a goal from a penalty after only 10 minutes. David Alaba fouled Dumfries just inside the box.
Referee Orel Grinfeld consulted with VAR before making the decision but video evidence was clear. Memphis stepped up and dispatched the penalty kick with confidence.
After the successful penalty kick by Depay, the Dutch proceeded to dominate the entire game for the next 20 minutes.
The Austrian gradually came back into the game through the hard work of Xaver Schlager and Konrad Laimer in midfield.
Even though they were limited upfront, however, and neither Marcel Sabitzer nor Michael Gregoritsch made much of an impression against a very solid Dutch backline, the Dutch’s performance was very impressive and should have finished the first half with at least a 3-0 margin.
Austria did make a bright start to the second half. Sasa Kalajdzic and Florian Grillitsch, who was introduced on the hour mark, added a bit more potency in the attacking third.
De Boer was quick to counteract Austrian manager Franco Foda’s changes and it was one of the players he introduced who set up the decisive second goal in the 65th minute.