Netherlands vs Czech Rep: times, TV and how to watch online
All the information you need on how and where to watch favourites the Netherlands against the Czech Republic in the Euro 2020 round of 16 on Sunday.
Supporters of the Netherlands have changed their tune. From scepticism to belief - which comes after three straight wins at Euro 2020 - thoughts are already flirting with the idea that this could be their year. But before they get carried away, they have to overcome an old nemesis in the Czech Republic in the last 16 on Sunday.
Netherlands vs Czech Rep: Euro 2020 preview
Attitudes towards the Dutch team have swung from one extreme to the other as coach Frank de Boer had to weather a storm of criticism over his tactics and results, but his side are now fancied for Euro 2020 success - at home at least.
They topped Group C with a perfect record, albeit all three wins came at Amsterdam’s Johan Cruyff Arena, to send their countrymen into ‘Orange fever’ with expectations ratcheting up dramatically. Yet the Netherlands will be wary of what lies ahead at the Puskas Arena in Budapest on Sunday, especially if they under-estimate their opponents.
It was a mistake they made in Euro 2016 qualification, losing both home and away to the Czechs and failing to make the tournament in France. It was the same at the 2004 finals when the Czechs came from two goals down to beat the Dutch 3-2 in a last-gasp triumph in the group phase in Portugal. And Dutch captain Georginio Wijnaldum moved quickly this week to dispel any notion they saw the Czechs as inferior opposition.
“Everyone has seen Germany against the Hungarians, right? We are viewing the Czech Republic as a top country and approaching the game as such,” he said.
The Czechs' impressive record at the Euros has been understated. Since 1996 they have not only qualified for every tournament, but have made it past the group phase four times. They were runners-up in 1996, semi-finalists in 2004 and made the last eight in 2012.
Czech coach Jaroslav Silhavy has an energetic side, who press high and look for ball turnovers and counter-attack opportunities. In Patrik Schick they possess an in-form striker, with three goals at the tournament so far, including an astonishing effort from near the halfway line against Scotland in their opening game. But one wondrous finish does not make a summer and Silhavy complained after the last game against England, a 1-0 defeat at Wembley, about their poor finishing.
The Dutch, however, remain favourites with Memphis Depay and Donyel Malen providing an exciting new combination in attack with Wijnaldum and Frenkie de Jong running the midfield. Defender Matthijs de Ligt is over a groin injury and is adequately making up for the absence of Virgil van Dijk in the back four.
What time does Netherlands vs Czech Rep kick off?
The Euro 2020 last-16 tie between Netherlands vs Czech Rep will kick off at the Ferenc Puskás Stadium, Budapest, on Sunday 27 June 2021 at 6 pm local time (CEST).
That's a kick-off time of 12 noon ET and 9 am PT
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How can I watch Netherlands vs Czech Rep in the US and UK?
In the US and the UK, the following television channels and online services will be broadcasting Netherlands vs Czech Rep:
UK: UTV, ITV 1 UK, The ITV Hub, STV Scotland
US: SiriusXM FC, TUDN Radio, PrendeTV, ESPN
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Netherlands vs Czech Rep: live AS English coverage
You’ll also be able to follow live-text coverage of Netherlands vs Czech Rep right here at AS English. Our footballing wordsmith William Allen will be building up to the game in Budapest from about an hour ahead of kick-off, before taking you through the action as it unfolds.