Netherlands vs Czech Republic: Top 15 Match Facts
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The Netherlands have looked in impressive form in Euro 2020 but would face a tough challenge in Czech Republic, who have a red-hot Patrik Schick in their team.
Here are the top 15 match facts about Netherlands vs Czech Republic:
1.First Meeting: This will be the first meeting between the Netherlands and Czech Republic since October 2015, when the Dutch were beaten 3-2 in a EURO 2016 qualifier. Indeed, they have lost each of their last two games against the Czech Republic – both coming in qualifying for the previous European Championships in 2016.
2.Third Time: Czech Republic and the Netherlands will face each other at the European Championships for the third time (excl. Czechoslovakia meetings), with both sides winning one game apiece previously.They faced twice at European championships in this century – in 2000 when the Netherlands won 1-0, with the last-minute penalty, and in 2004. That was when the Czech Republic earned a win 2-3, coming back from behind. Both of these clashes were in the group stage.
3.Netherlands have scored at least 2 goals in their last 3 home matches against Czech Republic in all competitions.
4.Netherlands have scored at least 2 goals in 12 of their last 13 matches (European Championship). There have been over 2.5 goals scored in 12 of Netherlands's last 14 games (European Championship).
5.Netherlands have won 8 of their last 9 matches (European Championship).
6.Since winning the tournament in 1988, the Netherlands have progressed from just two of their seven knockout stage games in the European Championship, beating Yugoslavia 6-1 in the 2000 quarter-final, and winning 5-4 on penalties against Sweden at the same stage in 2004.
7.Czech Republic have been eliminated in three of their last four games in the knockout stages of the European Championships – versus Germany in the final in 1996, Greece in the semi-final in 2004, and most recently, Portugal in the quarter-final of EURO 2012.
8.The Netherlands are looking to win their opening four games of a European Championship for only the second time, having last done so at EURO 2000. Current manager Frank de Boer played in every minute of their four victories to open the tournament in 2000, with all of them being played on home soil in the Netherlands.
9.Czech Republic have only won one of their last seven games at major tournaments (World Cup & EUROs), drawing two and losing four. That victory came on MD1 of EURO 2020 against Scotland, winning 2-0 despite facing 19 opposition shots from the Scots in the game.
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10.The Netherlands completed more high turnovers (open play sequences that start within 40 metres of the opponent’s goal line) than any other side in the EURO 2020 group stages (44), while only Spain (60) forced more pressed sequences (sequences where the opposition has three or fewer passes and the sequence ends within 40m of their own goal) than the Dutch (58).
11.Memphis Depay has been directly involved in 13 goals in his last 10 appearances for Netherlands in all competitions (9 goals, 4 assists), while only Robert Lewandowski (12) attempted more shots than Depay (11) in the group stage at EURO 2020.
12.Georginio Wijnaldum has scored 15 goals in 25 appearances for Netherlands since the start of 2019, with no player scoring more for the country in that time. Wijnaldum had scored 10 goals in his first 53 appearances for Oranje.
13.Patrik Schick recorded six of the Czech Republic’s nine shots on target in the group stage at EURO 2020, the highest percentage of any player for his team in the tournament (67%). However, five of Schick’s shots on target in the group stage came against Scotland on MD1 – he has recorded just one in his last two appearances.
14.The Netherlands have performed above expectations under Frank de Boer at Euro 2020. They sailed through their group with three wins from three and have played some great stuff in the process. They are favourites for this game and have a relatively kind run to the final.
15.Czech Republic qualified for the round of 16 as one of the best third-placed sides. They held Croatia to a 1-1 draw and were only beaten 1-0 by England in their final group match. They have actually won their last two meetings with the Netherlands and four of the last six but they are firm underdogs on Sunday.
NETHERLANDS VS CZECH REPUBLIC LIVE STREAM
Date: Sunday 27th June
Kick-off time: 5pm BST
Locations: Ferenc Puskás Stadium
Free Euro 2020 live stream: ITV / ITV Hub
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Netherlands vs Czech Republic Team News
The Netherlands forward Luuk de Jong will not feature again in the tournament, but his absence won't be a big miss considering how Memphis Depay and Wout Weghorst have led the attack, with only Donyell Malen providing competition.
The Czech Republic, meanwhile, will be forced into a change at left-back after Jan Boril who will be suspended after his second booking against England. Silhavy is unlikely to make significant alterations to the XI and hopes will be rested on Patrick Schick, who is on three goals for the tournament so far and is behind only Ronaldo in the race of the Golden boot.
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