The Czech Republic have beaten Holland 2-0 in Budapest today after the Dutch lost De Ligt to a straight red card. Goals from Tomas Holes and Patrick Schick were enough to dump Frank de Boers side out of the competition.
Holland have become underdogs in recent years and have surprised many this year by sailing out of the group. Freeflowing with dynamic fullbacks. The Dutch were looking to replicate that again
The Czechs managed to come second In Englands group and were good value to come out. Patrick Schick scored a wonderful goal against Scotland.
The latest match took place in Budapest for a place in the quarter finals. A header from Holes and a smart finish from Schick frim close range in the second half capped off a brilliant win
The Netherlands started off in their traditional 3-5-2 with Donyell Malen taking the place of Wout Weghorst and Ryan Gravenberch being replaced by Martin De Roon.
The game started off in frantic fashion with both sides looking to take the advantage early on. The Dutch taught they did take the lead when Matthijs de Ligt got in behind. He attempted to head the ball into an empty net but headed back across goal instead.
The Dutch started to take control in midfield A long ball down the channel to Denzel Dumfries nearly allowed the wingback to score his 3rd goal of the tournament, but Tomas Kalas defended well to clear.
It was the Czech’s turn to cause a scare when Daley Blind allowed Sevcik to send a ball into the box. The ball found Tomas Soucek’s head, but the West Ham man was unable to direct his header on target. Schick also had a go from range, it deflected into Stekelenberg to keep it level.
The Czechs went close again when Soucek came forward, Barak from seven yards out got a shot away but it was deflected over by De Ligt.
Van Aanholt dragged it wide from good play from Memphis Depay. He was offside. Neither side could break the deadlock and went in level at halftime
The second half started off in frantic fashion when Schick tussled with De Ligt on goal. The Juve man lost his footing and swiped the ball away with his hand. The ref went to VAR and sent the Juventus defender off for a straight red.
The Dutch were made to sweat again when Denzel Dumfries was judged to have handled the ball in the box, but the ref waved it away
Dumfries would again be the main character when he blocked a certain goal from Kaderabek on the left hand side. Stekelenberg was left in no mans land, but Dumfries stuck out a leg to make a huge block.
The Czech’s made the extra man count when Holes scored a header. The ball was swung to the far post from a free-kick, Kalas headed the back across where Holes was waiting to head into the back of the Dutch net.
The Czech’s doubled thier lead when Holes, the goalscorer was involved again. He raced away behind the Dutch back line. He cut back for Schick who finished smartly to score his 4th goal at the tournament.
The Dutch were unable to score a consolation goal and were made to look second best as the game ended.
The Czech’s will be happy with whoever they play. That will be Denmark on the 3rd
Holland will head home now after disappointing again in a major tournament
Holland: Stekelenburg, de Vrij, de Ligt, Blind, Dumfries, Frenkie de Jong, de Roon, van Aanholt, Wijnaldum, Depay, Malen
Subs: Veltman, Ake, Wijndal, Berghuis, Promes, Krul, Klaassen, Gravenberch, Weghorst, Bizot, Timber, Gakpo
Czech Republic: Vaclik, Coufal, Celustka, Kalas, Kaderabek, Sevcik, Soucek, Masopust, Holes, Barak, Schick
Subs: Brabec, Krmencik, Jankto, Mandous, Hlozek, Vydra, Kral, Mateju, Koubek, Pekhart, Pesek, Sadilek