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Frustration in Budapest

Before the match against the Czech Republic, the Dutch team – had big tones. “We don’t just want to reach the final; we want to win it,” de Boer confidently announced. However, the Dutch skills shown in the match could not hold up with the previous words, and the Oranje lost against the Czech team with 0:2. The win of the Czech team of coach Jaroslav Silhavy over the Netherlands was kind of a repetition of 2004, when Pavel Nedved, Tomas Rosicky and Co. beat the Dutch.

From the start of the match, the Dutch immediately went on the offensive. Memphis Depay and Donyell Malen were always in the spotlight. The Dutch team created several dicey situations in the Czech penalty area in the early stages. However, only Denzel Dumfries had a compelling chance. The Czechs, playing without the captain Vladimir Darida, struggled against the dominant Dutch initially but built up pressure with Tomas Souchek and Antonin Barak.

After the break, the Dutch team of Bondscoach Frank de Boer played shorthanded due to the dismissal of Matthijs de Ligt, who cleared the ball with his hand in front of Schick, preventing a clear goal-scoring opportunity. Ligt was sent off after video evidence in the 52nd minute.

Tomas Holes made a goal in the 68th minute, and Patrik Schick scored in the 80th minute, his fourth goal of the tournament.

The Czech team will play against Denmark in the quarterfinals in Baku on Saturday.

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