Czech Republic are into the Euro 2020 quarter-finals as they beat the Netherlands 2-Zero in Budapest.
A well-balanced conflict was turned on its head when Matthijs de Ligt was despatched off and the Czech’s took full benefit to win.
The primary interval between the 2 sides was the form of testy encounter you may think between two outsiders within the last-16.
It will burst into life simply after half-time although with probabilities galore and a purple card for Juventus famous person De Ligt, for a handball which denied a goalscoring alternative.
A brilliant header from midfield maestro Tomas Holes acquired the Czechs forward and star striker Patrik Schick put the sport to mattress, after extra high-quality work from his teammate.
They may now play Denmark on July three in Baku, which guarantees to be one other intriguing encounter in an interesting event.
The intention was obvious from the off for the Dutch, they acquired out of the blocks shortly and, inside a minute, Donyel Malen had fired a cross from the left to an on-rushing Denzel Dumfries on the again put up.
The wing-back couldn’t join however little question they might attempt once more.
In response, Holes walloped a shot from vary however Maarten Stekelenburg didn’t have to fret in regards to the wayward effort.
Dumfries and De Ligt additionally had probabilities because the Dutch opened up on high.
Velocity seemed to be the important thing component for the Dutch, with Malen – as soon as on the books of Arsenal – a key goal for the ball within the inside left channel.
The Czechs had been prepared to have a bodily battle, although, slowing their opponents and permitting the chance to counter.
With 21 minutes gone there was warning for the Dutch as West Ham ace Tomas Soucek acquired his head onto a cross from the fitting.
It was, although, a glancing blow and the ball flashed throughout objective slightly than endangering Stekelenburg’s internet.
Had it been Vladimir Coufal and never Petr Sevcik with the supply, issues may need been totally different.
And because the Czechs grew into the match, Euro 2020 net-botherer Schick noticed a deflected strike nestle in Stekelenburg’s gloves.
Malen supplied a riposte however his close-range shot cannoned out for a nook because the Czech defence rallied.
In earlier video games Georginio Wijnaldum had been the principle man for the Dutch however he was being stifled in a congested midfield.
Not that this stopped Antonin Barak from rifling a shot on objective, which was blocked on the final.
However maybe the very best probability got here to Patrick van Aanholt within the final seconds earlier than half-time.
Unimaginable work from Depay gave him area contained in the penalty space however the left-back may solely scuff a shot broad – he’ll thank his fortunate stars he was dominated offside.
Whereas the primary half was quiet, the second half opened with a bang, actually.
Dumfries’ elbow clattered into the top of Pavel Kaderabek, incomes the Dutchman a yellow card.
And moments later, teammate Malen ought to have had the Dutch forward however when he went by way of on objective Czech goalkeeper Vaclik did effectively to put it aside after which instantly deny Depay too.
The true drama would come on the different finish of the pitch.
De Ligt was one-on-one with Schick however misplaced the tussle and in a bid to disclaim the ahead a run on objective, he dealt with the ball.
Referee Sergei Karasev initially gave a yellow however VAR instructed him to discuss with the pitchside display screen.
This allowed him to see De Ligt had denied his rival a goalscoring alternative – purple card.
“It’s unlucky,” mentioned ex-England worldwide Trevor Sinclair. “He slipped however was beneath every kind of strain, Patrik Schick is the final participant you wish to do this round.
“I used to be considering when a yellow card was given he was lucky. The officers have come to the fitting determination.”
It meant all 4 Netherlands purple playing cards at European Championships have come in opposition to the Czech Republic/Czechoslovakia.
With the Dutch utilizing a back-three previous to the purple, there wasn’t an excessive amount of of a rejig to be completed, however winger Quincy Promes did arrive rather than Malen.
Coufal, in the meantime, hit the ensuing free-kick into the wall and with the Dutch countering, earned a yellow card for flooring Dumfries.
The PSV Eindhoven ace has primarily been identified for his attacking prowess however he proved his defensive qualities with a brilliant block to disclaim Kadarebek.
The Dutch couldn’t maintain out for for much longer although and a Holes was in a position to head residence a knock down from a nook, given away by a poor Stekelenburg error.
Schick helped power the error from De Ligt for the purple card and he completed off the Dutch 10 minutes from time.
After a surprising run from teammate Holes, the place he beautifully intercepted the ball, he laid it again into the trail of Schick.
The Leverkusen striker has scored from the midway line so shut vary was no hassle and he handed the ball residence to make it 2-0.
Schick’s fourth objective of the event now places him one behind present high scorer Cristiano Ronaldo forward of Portugal’s tie with Belgium within the last-16.
Can the Bayer Leverkusen ace declare a Golden Boot like compatriot Milan Baros did in Euro 2004?