Austria dominates the Netherlands and takes first place in Group D ahead of France at Euro 2024

Austria dominates the Netherlands and takes first place in Group D ahead of France at Euro 2024

Exceptional Austria. Irresistible against the Netherlands, Ralf Rangnick’s players achieved their spectacular comeback in Group D and took first place from the Dutch and the Blues, held in check by Poland at the same time (1-1). After their failed start against the France team (0-1), they dismissed Poland (3-1) then the Netherlands this Tuesday (3-2), both times in Berlin.

The match: 3-2

Dominant in the game, Austria caused great problems for its opponent and punished the Dutch defensive generosity. As usual, she took the lead very early, in the 7th minute when striker Donyell Malen tackled, in a true attacking gesture, the ball towards his own goal on a cross from Alexander Prass and deceived Bart Verbruggen. Superior in the midfield, the Austrians had long sequences of possession, celebrated by “olé” from the Austrian supporters, who came for the second time in a row to the Olympiastadion in Berlin, after the victory against Poland.

The Netherlands were to the credit of coming from behind twice, but that was about all they showed. Because Austria has constantly come back in force, sure of its fact. Thus, Romano Schmid, with a header (59th), responded to the equalizer from Cody Gakpo (47th). Just like Marcel Sabitzer who gave the ultimate advantage with a shot from a tight angle (80th), after another Dutch equalizer, this time from Memphis Depay (75th).

Symbol of the sinking of the Netherlands: on the bench at kick-off, Xavi Simons came into play… at the half-hour mark (in place of Joey Veerman) following a decision by coach Ronald Koeman. The PSG midfielder tried to relieve the Netherlands and even delivered an assist for Gakpo but it was not enough for the Batavians to keep first place in their group.

The player: Malen not in luck

Starting for the first time at Euro 2024 against Austria this Tuesday, Malen was the symbol of a sluggish Dutch attack, as well as its far too clumsy defense. Scorer against his side in the 7th minute, he had the opportunity to redeem himself a quarter of an hour later but crossed his shot too much and was unable to put the Netherlands back in the match (23rd). He could not have put any pressure on the Austrian rearguard in any other way.

67%

Just over two thirds of all own goals scored in Euro history (18/27) have been in the last two editions. There have already been eleven during this Euro and seven in all at the last one.

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