Denzel Dumfries headed an excellent winner for the Netherlands as they survived a second half comeback from Ukraine to get their Euro 2020 marketing campaign off to a successful begin with a 3-2 victory in Amsterdam.
The Dutch seemed to be coasting to a snug night with objectives from Georginio Wijnaldum and Wout Weghorst.
Nevertheless, in what was a exceptional interval of the second half, they collapsed, conceding twice in 4 minutes to Andriy Yarmolenko and Roman Yaremchuk.
They had been rescued by PSV defender Dumfries who headed residence his first worldwide objective on the far put up with 5 minutes remaining, having earlier wasted a fantastic likelihood with the sport goalless.
Frank De Boer’s aspect registered seven photographs within the opening 15 minutes alone with two of their most skilled gamers, Mephis Depay and Wijnaldum, operating the present.
However a mix of ineffective ending and goalkeeper Georgiy Buschan meant they had been annoyed for 52 minutes earlier than the beforehand impeccable goalkeeper pushed Dumfries’ cross straight out to the previous Liverpool midfielder and he calmly handed the ball into the web for his 23rd objective in 76 appearances.
Coincidentally, the brand new Paris St Germain signing was the final participant to attain for Holland at a serious match, 2,528 days in the past on the 2014 World Cup.
Weghorst, who had been comparatively ineffective, fired residence his first worldwide aggressive objective seven minutes later however the celebrations in Amsterdam’s Johan Cruyff Enviornment had been lower brief when West Ham winger Yarmolenko curled residence a superb effort earlier than Yaremchuk’s highly effective header levelled up the Group C encounter.
At that time there was the potential for the hosts to implode utterly however the 25-year-old Dumfries picked the right time to open his Oranje account and make it a memorable return after a seven-year absence.
Such was their dominance De Boer’s aspect ought to have cruised to victory.
Lyon’s former Manchester United ahead Depay set the tone with a one-man counter-attack from 15 yards inside his personal half with barely two minutes on the clock, forcing the primary of numerous saves from Buschan.
With each wing-backs within the 3-5-2 formation pushing on it was no shock to see the right-sided Dumfries commonly showing within the last third however there was no excuse for him lacking a free header from Depay’s cross 5 minutes earlier than the interval.
It was, merely, a prelude to what become an thrilling end wherein Ukraine’s goalkeeper had performed his half, making the save of the match as, wrong-footed, he caught out a left hand to maintain out Wijnaldum’s deflected first-half volley.