EM 2024: Wout Weghorst scores winning goal with just one touch

EM 2024: Wout Weghorst scores winning goal with just one touch

EM 2024 Wout Weghorst does the guild of strikers proud

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Two minutes, one touch of the ball – that’s all Dutchman Wout Weghorst needs to score a goal after being substituted on at the 2024 European Championship. It seals the victory against Poland.

The guild of “shooters” is so clearly defined that it has even made it into the Duden dictionary: its members are described there as “instinctive goal scorers”. Translated, this means that they stand exactly where they need to stand in order to score a goal. They are rarely technical finesseers and they don’t have to be. One representative of exactly this kind of shooter is the Dutchman Wout Weghorst, 31 years old, officially employed by FC Burnley in England, and on loan to TSG Hoffenheim until the end of June. During his Dutch team’s 2:1 victory in their first European Championship group match against Poland, he provided such a clear description of his shooting skills that in future there will be no need to look in the Duden dictionary.

In the 81st minute – the score was 1:1 – Weghorst came on for Memphis Depay, who not only stands out on Instagram with his fashion style, but should also be capable of greater things on the pitch than his teammate in terms of talent. Actually. Because Weghorst did what a striker does – he scored the 2:1 goal after just two minutes on the field and needed exactly one touch of the ball to do so. It was pure efficiency and a goal that couldn’t have been more important, as it sealed a hard-fought victory for the Elftal.

Wout Weghorst scores winning goal against Poland at the 2024 European Championship

“That’s the way to go in,” he said in an interview afterwards and had to grin himself. He hadn’t expected it, but at least he “wanted” it. It was good for him and his team that his wish came true at exactly the right moment, because at that point the Dutch were no longer playing at the high level they had in the first half, where they had fallen behind early on through Adam Buksa, but finally equalized through Cody Gakpo (the player of the match). “We were no longer as dominant after 60 minutes,” said Weghorst, adding that the air had gone out of them.

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