Group C at Euro 2021: scores, standings and who progresses to the round of 16
The Netherlands, North Macedonia, Austria and Ukraine completed their Group C fixtures on Monday, with the Dutch and the Austrians reaching the last 16.
The Netherlands came into the Euros as a bit of an unknown quantity, with a manager whose recent club pedigree was cause for concern among Oranje fans and a perceived lack of star quality with the recent ignominy of failing to qualify for the 2018 World Cup still fresh in the mind. However, Frank de Boer’s side are into the last 16 at the 2020 championship after finishing top of Group C with maximum points. In the final round of games, Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum sealed a 3-0 victory over North Macedonia. Austria are also through after seeing off Ukraine 1-0, leaving Andriy Shevchenko’s side in the UEFA third-placed waiting room.
Netherlands wait for opponent, Austria to face Italy
#EURO2020 Group C is done, and #NED and #AUT will move on to the stage of the competition. #UKR will have to wait to see if it can make it to the next round via best third qualifier 🔥🔥 pic.twitter.com/2eNZHfniMd— AS English (@English_AS) June 21, 2021
The Netherlands now await a third-placed side from either Group D, E or F while Austria will take on in-form Italy for a place in the quarterfinals. Among the potential opponents for De Boer’s Oranje are France, Germany and Portugal, while Spain, England, Croatia and Slovakia may also all be in the third-placed soup when the group stage is over.
For Ukraine, currently fourth in the ranking of third-placed sides, the chances of progression are slim. Only four sides go through based on their performance in the group stage and with four of the current third-placed sides still to play, Shevchenko’s side may well fall short.
North Macedonia, competing in their first major tournament, will go home empty handed but have given a good account of themselves and will now regroup with some valuable tournament experience to continue their qualification push for the 2022 World Cup. Igor Angelovski’s side are second in Group J, ahead of Germany after scoring a famous victory over the 2014 World Cup-winners in March. North Macedonia will resume World Cup qualification against group leaders Armenia in September.
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