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Netherlands 0-2 Czech Republic summary: score, goals, highlights, Euro 2020

The Czech Republic took full advantage after Matthijs De Ligt was sent off for the Netherlands, going through 2-0 at the Puskás Aréna, Budapest.

Netherlands 0-2 Czech Republic: Euro 2020 last-16 as it happened


Peeep peeep peeeep! It's all over in Budapest! The Czech Republic have stunned the Netherlands and have set up a quarter-final against Denmark, in Baku next Saturday.

The Czechs were clearly given quite a helping hand by that De Ligt red card shortly after the break, but the Dutch were massively underwhelming regardless, save for a lively first 20 minutes.

After the Netherlands went down to 10 men, the Czech Republic were absolutely ruthless.

We've got live coverage of today's second last-16 clash, Belgium and Portugal's heavyweight bout in Seville, right here. Kick-off is at 9pm CEST (3pm EDT).

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Stekelenburg has to pull off a smart save to deny a Czech shot, before Berghuis drifts a cross towards the back post, but it's too long and flies out... and that will be that.


Two more changes for the Czechs: Shick and Barak off, Michael Krmencik and Michal Sadilek on. High-fives all round.


The Czech Republic break menacingly again, once more working it to Barak. He has no interest in going towards goal, however, making a beeline for the corner flag and winning a corner, to huge cheers from the Czech fans.

Six minutes of time added on in the Hungarian capital.

To say the Dutch look stunned would be a rather large understatement.


The Czech Republic clear a Dutch free-kick, before launching a break that suddenly Hlozek scuttling down the left wing and releasing Barak in behind the Netherlands defence.

Barak's first touch is horrible, though, and he succeeds only in turning towards his own half.


Holes and Sevcik comes off, having scored one and set up another, to be replaced by Alex Kral and Adam Hlozek.


Promes curls an inswinger into the box for Weghost to head towards goal, but his looping effort is easily claimed by Vaclik. The Dutch want a penalty for an alleged shove on Dumfries, but they don't get one.

De Jong and Depay are both booked for their protests.


De Boer makes two changes, replacing Blind and Van Aanholt with Jurrien Timber and Steven Berghuis.

The Czech Republic had made a substitution just before that second goal, Jakub Jankto coming on for Masopust.


2-0 to the Czech Republic! Schick scores the goal that surely seals it!

Holes does magnificently to beat Wijnaldum to a 50-50 ball, before surging into the box from the left. He then lays it square to Schick, who strokes in past Stekelenburg at the near post!


Soucek gets the ball out of his feet and lets fly from 30 yards, but it's too close to Stekelenburg.


Dumfries bends a dangerous low ball into the box to Vaclik's far post, but nobody in an orange shirt can get on the end of it.

By the way, Opta note that that De Ligt red card is the Netherlands' fourth at a Euros finals - and that all four have come against the Czechs (two against Czechoslovakia, two against the Czech Republic).


We've been back underway for a couple of minutes. Absolutely nothing has happened. That'll suit the Czechs right down to the ground.


De Roon is withdrawn, striker Wout Weghorst coming on to join Depay up front. The Dutch need to go for it. 4-3-2 for them then, I guess.


De Roon crosses from the right and Promes flops to the turf in the box as the Netherlands look to hit back right away, but he's not getting a penalty for that.

Drinks break time.


The Czechs have the lead! It had been coming. They've been pinning the Dutch back since that red card.

A free-kick delivery from the right wing is headed back across goal by Kalas - with Stekelemburg in no man's land - and Holes heads firmly in at the far post!


Oh Stekelenburg, you lucky man. Barak whips in a cross towards the near post, but directs his delivery too close to the Netherlands goalkeeper. He makes to gather the ball, but lets its slip out of his hands - and, thankfully for him, it drifts the other side of the post and out for a corner.


What a block from Dumfries! Goal-saving. Coufal's right-wing cross runs through to Kaderabek in acres of space at the back post, 12 yards or so out. He controls and looks to sidefoot the ball into Stekelenburg's far corner, but Dumfries sticks out a leg at the last moment! That looked to be sailing into the corner otherwise.


Van Aanholt delivers from the left, but the Czechs get it clear. At the other end, Van Aanholt has to look alive to nick the ball off Masopust's toes on the halfway line, with nobody backing up him behind him if he had been second to it.

The Czechs have a golden opportunity to dump the Dutch out here.


In the wake of that De Ligt sending-off, Frank de Boer brings on Quincy Promes for Malen. The Dutch have switched to a back four - Dumfries-De Vrij-Blind-Van Aanholt - with Promes playing on the left of a midfield four. Depay on his own up top.


Soucek bends the free-kick straight into the wall, before Coufal is shown a yellow card for a foul as the Dutch try to break.


Indeed it does! De Ligt is off! He's adjudged to have deliberately robbed Schick of a goalscoring opportunity with that handball!


Hold on... The referee is going to take another look at the incident on the pitchside monitor. This yellow could turn into a red.


De Ligt is booked after stumbling and handling the ball to prevent Schick from collecting it and advancing into the box. Free-kick to the Czechs on the left-hand corner of the box.


Again Malen is involved - and he should really score! The PSV man shrugs off the challenge of Celustka - illegally so, protest the Czechs - and is suddenly clean through on Vaclik. As he tries to take it round Vaclik, however, the keeper stretches out an arm and grabs hold.


And just as I write that, Malen is given too much space on the right wing to collect what is no more than a hoof from De Vrij. He carries the ball towards the Czech box, but with Depay waiting in acres of space in the middle, he overhits his pass. Chance lost.


That Dumfries yellow card aside, very little to report so far in the second half.


Dumfries is straight into the referee's notebook at the start of the second 45, after catching Kaderabek with a flailing elbow as the pair jumped for a high ball.

Peeeeep! We're back up and running at Puskás Aréna.

No half-time substitutions for either team.


Peeep peeep peeeep! Half time in Budapest, where it remains goalless. The Netherlands had the better of it for about the first 20 minutes or so, but after the water break the Czechs began to enjoy much more forward momentum. There have been chances for both sides, but nothing you would describe as absolutely, positively gilt-edged.


Depay slips a lovely little ball into the box to Van Aanholt, who shoots wide on the turn - but was a yard or two offside, replays show.


Two minutes of time added on at Puskás Aréna.


Masopust lifts the ball into the box towards Soucek, who nudges Dumfries out of the way and winds up to shoot, but is penalised for a the shove on his marker.


Barak spurns a very presentable opportunity! Masopust slips him into shooting space on the right-hand side of the Dutch penalty box, some 12 yards out, but Barak gets under it and fires over, via a deflection off De Ligt! Silhavy holds his head in his hands over on the touchline. The Czechs have really grown into this game.

At the other end, the Netherlands work it to Dumfries, who accelerates to the byline and cuts it back - but, between them, Vaclik and Coufal manage it scramble it away!


The Czechs stroke it about in front of the Dutch defence some 35 yards or so out from goal, before Barak drifts in a right-wing ball towards the back post, but overhits his delivery. The Netherlands break, but Van Aanholt gets his ball into the middle towards Depay all wrong.


Coufal is released on the right by a neat backheel, before whipping in a low cross towards Shick. De Vrij has to be quick off the mark to force the ball away. The Netherlands had the better of the first 20 minutes or so, but it's become a much more even affair now.


The Netherlands have struggled to create for the last 10 minutes or so, but now Malen and Dumfries combine to carve out a shooting opportunity. Malen spins and slips it out wide to Dumfries, who returns the ball to the forward just inside the Czech box. He takes a touch and fires towards goal, but Celustka blocks!


Kaderabek dinks a ball from the left into the area, where De Jong has to look alive to clear before Soucek gets on the end of it.

Back come the Czech Republic, though, and when Shick receives the ball 25 yards out, he takes a touch before bending a shot towards Stekelenburg's right-hand corner, but places his shot too close to the Dutch goalkeeper.

We're seeing more from the Czechs in attack now.


Back underway.


We stop for a drinks break.


There's the first moment of real danger from the Czechs! Sevcik atones for his poor pass a moment or so ago by bending in a lovely right-wing cross to the near post, where Soucek has stolen a march on De Roon and launches himself at the ball. He glances across goal and just wide, though!

That's much better from the Czech Republic.


The Netherlands win a free-kick on the right, which Depay delivers, and delivers poorly. The Czechs look to break at pace, but Sevcik's attempted through ball for Shick's run down the middle is spectacularly overhit.


That's nice build-up play by the Dutch. Blind, De Jong and Depay pop it about neatly just inside the Czech Republic half, before Depay slides a through ball into Van Aanholt's run into crossing space on the left. Malen's waiting in the middle, but the Czechs get Van Aanholt's fizzed cross clear.


That early Holes shot aside, we've seen next to sweet FA from the Czech Republic in attack thus far.

Ah, but just as I say that, Soucek heads a corner clear and suddenly Masopust and Shick are leading a quick Czech break into the Dutch half. However, the former's pass to Shick sends the forward too wide, and De Ligt trots across to snuff out the danger.


What's Dumfries doing there? Blind thumps forward a long ball that suddenly has the right wing-back thundering in on Vaclik from the left. He heads it past the on-rushing goalkeeper, but when he tries to turn the ball into the empty net, he is denied by a rather timely block by Kalas.


The Dutch have taken complete charge of this game. Depay scampers towards the Czech byline on the right, before slipping the ball into Dumfries' run into the box. Barak does well to get a toe to it and force it behind for a corner, though.

The corner comes to nought, but right away it's the Netherlands' ball again.


Malen wins a corner for the Netherlands on the right, which is taken short to Blind. He bends in a scrumptious cross to the back post, where De Ligt has a free header from about six inches out.

Somehow, he succeeds only in nodding it away from goal, before Depay thrashes the loose ball off target.

Ah, but replays show that De Ligt was offside, so it wouldn't have counted anyway.

Dutch out to emulate Euro 2000 start

Football stats specialists Opta note that the Netherlands are attempting to win their first four games at a European Championship finals since they reached the semi-finals as joint-hosts in 2000.


Depay looks to jink his way into the Czech Republic box, beating one man, then two... but the third proves an obstacle to far for the new Barcelona signing.


In response, the Czech Republic's Holes aims a long-range drive towards Stekelenburg's goal, but it's a good couple of yards off target.



Right away, the Netherlands come close to creating a clear goal-scoring chance. Depay slips the ball wide to the left to Malen, who has peeled off into space. He takes a touch, looks up and bends a ball over to the back post, where Dumfries is arriving completely unmarked. Malen's cross is just too far in front of the right wing-back, however. Otherwise, that would have been a gilt-edged opportunity for 1-0.

Peeeep! Underway at Puskás Aréna!

Teams out!

The teams are out in Budapest, where the anthems have now been sung and the coin has very much been tossed. Tomas Soucek is deputising as Czech captain in the absence of the injured Vladimir Darida.

Today's referee is Russian Sergei Karasev.

The last time the sides met in the Euros…

The last time the Netherlands and the Czech Republic met at the Euros, in the group stage in 2004, they served up an absolute classic, as the Czechs came from two down to win.

Wilfred Bouma and Ruud van Nistelrooy’s early goals appeared to put the Dutch in charge in Portugal, but Jan Koller and Milan Baros then hit back to level, before Vladimir Smicer won it late on.

More of the same please, lads!


Wijnaldum to wear rainbow armband with "one love" message

Netherlands captain Georginio Wijnaldum is to wear a rainbow-coloured armband featuring the words “one love” today, and says he could lead his players off the pitch if they face abuse from the fans in the Puskás Aréna.

This comes after UEFA opened an investigation into allegations that Kylian Mbappé and Cristiano Ronaldo were subjected to racist and homophobic abuse in Budapest during France and Portugal’s group-stage game earlier this week.

"I have said I don’t really know how I will react in such a situation," Wijnaldum said. "I thought first that I would walk off the pitch but maybe not now because maybe the opponent will think: ‘Let them [in the crowd] throw racist slurs and they will walk off the pitch'.

"It could be the case that I will walk off the pitch but I will speak with the players about it first."

Hungary's parliament this month passed a law forbidding the sharing of content in schools that could be deemed to promote homosexuality and gender change.

Netherlands boss Frank de Boer said: "Our captain wears the band for the ‘one love’ campaign which stands against all forms of discrimination. This is the biggest statement we can make."

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Frank de Boer

What the coaches said: Frank de Boer, Netherlands

"What would be a success for this tournament? If we get to the last four, then we have done well. Ultimately we want to be getting paraded down the canals [of Amsterdam] on a boat: that is the ultimate goal. We not only want to reach the final, but also to win it. Then the tournament is completely successful. We are now focusing only on the Czech Republic; we have a lot of work to do to deal with the Czechs."

(Quote via UEFA; photo: REUTERS/Bernadett Szabo)

Netherlands vs Czech Rep: times, TV and how to watch online

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Netherlands vs Czech Rep: times, TV and how to watch online

If you're wondering you you can tune into today's game in Budapest, you may wish to avail yourself of our guide on how and where to watch.


What the coaches said: Jaroslav Silhavy, Czech Republic

Assessment of the group stage:

"We all came to into this tournament with a desire to get through the group stage. It sure wasn’t easy. In the group we had Scotland, who played at home in Glasgow. The third match was with England at Wembley, so they also had home support there. It wasn’t easy. Despite that we did well basically after two rounds. We even played against England for first place in the group. If anybody had told me that before the championship, I would not have believed them. Then after the last match, we finished third. I was a bit disappointed, but nevertheless we qualified. That’s what we wanted after all."

Challenge of facing the Dutch in the last 16:

"It would still be a challenge against any other team, we knew that there would be strong teams and the Netherlands are one of them without question. We’re excited and we’re excited that our fans will finally be back. We heard that a lot of them will be there, so we’re excited about that. Obviously, our opponents have a lot of quality, we were just studying them in detail, how hungry they are for goals and the great individual skill [they have]. They have a lot of pace. They know their game and play in a simple manner and get the ball forward as fast as possible to the forwards."

(Quotes via UEFA: photo: Matt Dunham / POOL / AFP)

De Roon

De Roon back for the Dutch, three changes for the Czechs

Netherlands boss Frank de Boer makes one change to the team that beat North Macedonia 3-0 in the Dutch’s final group game, Marten de Roon returning to the midfield in place of Ryan Gravenberch.

De Roon had sat out the clash against the Macedonians to avoid picking up a suspension-incurring yellow card.

Meanwhile, Jaroslav Silhavy makes three changes to the Czech side that went down 1-0 to England: Pavel Kaderabek comes in for the suspended Jan Boril, Antonin Barak replaces the team’s injured captain Vladimir Darida, and Petr Sevcik starts instead of Jakub Jankto.

(Photo: REUTERS/Koen Van Weel)

Czech Republic team news

Starting line-up: Vaclik, Coufal, Celustka, Kalas, Kaderabek, Soucek, Holes, Masopust, Barak, Sevcik, Schick

Netherlands team news

Starting line-up: Stekelenburg, De Vrij, De Ligt, Blind, Dumfries, De Jong, De Roon, Van Aanholt, Wijnaldum, Depay, Malen

Netherlands vs Czech Republic: preamble

Hello! Welcome to our live coverage of Euro 2020’s third last-16 tie, as the Netherlands take on the Czech Republic in Budapest, with kick off at 6pm CEST (9am PDT, 12pm EDT).

The Dutch were the group stage’s top scorers, banging in eight goals on their way to three victories out of three. They were certainly fun to watch - their 3-2 opening win over Ukraine was a delight - but one suspects they may find things tougher going against the very top sides in the competition.

That said, they’re in the opposite half of the draw to each of Belgium, Portugal, Italy and France, so they’re well placed for a run to the final at Wembley on 11 July.

First, though, Frank de Boer's men must beat a Czech side that might have only reached the knockout stages as one of the four best third-place finishers, but that doesn’t tell the full story of their Group D campaign.

Indeed, after a win and a draw in their first two games - their victory over Scotland lit up by that Patrick Schick worldie - their final group match against England was a showdown for top spot.

Jaroslav Silhavy’s side lost 1-0, but judging by the non-aggression pact of the last half hour or so at Wembley, they may have troubled the English more had they needed to do more to qualify.

Today’s winners will progress to a quarter-final tie against Denmark in Baku next Saturday.