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Czech Republic Shock Netherlands To Get Into Euro 2020 Quarter-Finals

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Czech Republic Shock Netherlands To Get Into Euro 2020 Quarter-Finals

Czech Republic landed the biggest shock of the Euro 2020 knockout rounds so far by beating Netherlands 2-0 on Sunday night.

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Netherlands were definitely the favourites going into their last 16 game with Czech Republic but Frank de Boer's side failed to really get into the game.

The game completely turned in the 52nd minute when the Dutch wasted their best chance of the game and then had a man sent off within seconds.

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Donyell Malen had a one-on-one chance with Tomas Vaclik but the Czech keeper came running out at his feet to deny the striker.

Moments later Matthijs de Ligt was sent off, after VAR overturned the yellow card he was originally given, when he stopped Patrik Schick going through on goal with a handball.

13 minutes later Tomas Holes made it 1-0 to the underdogs. A free kick right by the Netherlands' box was headed across goal by Bristol City defender Tomas Kalas and fellow defender Tomas Holes, wearing the number nine shirt, headed the ball home.

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With Netherlands trying to push the game they left a huge gap in midfield and Holes nicked a loose ball off Georginio Wijnaldum and raced into the box.

He found Patrik Schick, with the Bayer Leverkusen striker scoring his fourth goal of the tournament, to put him one behind current top scorer Cristiano Ronaldo.

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Czech will now face Denmark in the quarter finals and both England and Germany will be very pleased with the draw opening up for them.

The two sides meet on Tuesday and the winner will face either Sweden or Ukraine. They will both fancy themselves against either opponent and would then play either Czech Republic or Denmark in the semi finals, with either England or Germany also being favourites for that one.

Topics: Football, Euro 2020, Netherlands, Czech Republic

Ryan Sidle
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