Netherlands vs Austria Euro LIVE Football Score 17 June 2021
NAME: Netherlands – Austria
DATE: 17 Jun 2021
TIME: 19:00 UTC
VENUE: Johan Cruijff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Netherlands take on Austria in Group C of Euro 2020 on Thursday. Both nations can play without too much pressure having made winning starts to their respective campaigns on Sunday Netherlands, who have home advantage on their side at the Johan Cruijff ArenA for all three of their group stage matches, secured a highly entertaining 3-2 victory over Ukraine on Sunday night.
Oranje were the better of the two teams in a goalless first half, with Denzel Dumfries guilty of missing Frank de Boer’s side’s best chance after a superb pass by the lively Georginio Wijnaldum. Wijnaldum, who recently completed his free transfer from Liverpool to Paris Saint-Germain, is granted greater freedom for his country than he was for his previous club in recent years, and he duly delivered the opening goal after Ukraine goalkeeper Heorhiy Bushchan spilled the ball to the midfielder on the edge of the area.
Wout Weghorst doubled his international tally and the Netherlands’ lead in the match six minutes later, but Andriy Yarmolenko was allowed far too much time and space to bend a superb left-footed strike into the top corner from distance, before Roman Yaremchuk completed a dramatic turnaround with a close-range header.
However, Dumfries made amends for his earlier miss by leaping highest at the back post to head into the ground and beyond Bushchan, who may have felt he should have kept it out having got a hand onto the ball. Netherlands will need to ensure they defend better against a dangerous Austria side on Thursday, but offensively there is clearly plenty of promise about this side, particularly with Memphis Depay yet to hit top form.
Austria enjoyed a fairly dramatic win of their own after sinking North Macedonia 3-1 to record their first ever victory at a European Championship.
Why you should back the Netherlands
The Dutch have the edge in talent and have scored 17 goals in their last five games while allowing just four. The defense, missing key piece Virgil Van Dijk, performed well Sunday before a pair of substitutions changed the dynamic, and it nearly cost the Netherlands the three points. Ajax teammates Jurrien Timber and Daley Blind should complement Lazio’s Stefan de Vrij throughout this time around. They are facing an Austria squad that was kept off the score sheet in three consecutive games before scoring three times against a weak North Macedonia team.
The Flying Dutchmen don’t have the quality typical of the three-time World Cup runners-up, but they remain strong in attack. Georginio Wijnaldum scored seven times in five qualifying matches and netted one of the team’s goals in the opener. Memphis Depay, who had three goals in four qualifying appearances, and Wout Weghorst, who also scored Sunday, are dangerous options up top. Wijnaldum and fellow midfielder Frenkie de Jong, who both complete more than 90 percent of their passes, hold possession and set up the scorers in dangerous positions.
Why you should back Austria
The Austrians have one of the world’s best players in defender David Alaba. The 28-year-old is a key piece to the Austrian offense, with his long balls putting the attackers in position to make plays. He completed 85 percent of his long passes in league play with Bundesliga champion Bayern Munich and had the highest progressive passing distance in the league by a field player. Alaba assisted on the winning goal Sunday with a perfect cross to Michael Gregoritsch before Marko Arnautovic provided the final strike in the 3-1 win.
Austria held possession for 60 percent of the game Sunday, and the midfield is strong with the likes of Marcel Sabitzer, Xaver Schlager and Konrad Laimer. The squad comes in with a lot of confidence after its first-ever Euro victory, and Austria has scored in 11 of its last 14 games. Arnautovic, Sabitzer and Sasa Kalajdzic are capable scorers. Kalajdzic had 16 goals with Stuttgart, while Arnautovic has scored five in 10 overall matches for the national team this season.