Czech Republic delivered one of the European Championship's biggest upsets by defeating and eliminating the Netherlands in Sunday's Round of 16 clash. The Nároďák put up an impressive fight to secure a 2-0 defeat over the Dutch outfit who finished the proceeding with 10 players following the sending off of Mattjis De Ligt.
After finishing Group C as winners and with a perfect record, the Netherlands entered Sunday's knockout game at the Puskas Arena in Budapest, Hungary, looking for a fourth successive win. The feat would have been a replica of what they achieved in the 2000 edition of the European Championship but failed to materialize as a result of the Czechs' resolute nature.
0 - For the first time since all Euro and World Cup games are analysed (1980), the Netherlands have failed to record a single shot on target in a tournament game. Extinguished. #NED #CZE #NEDCZE #Euro2020 pic.twitter.com/6nH4JdFRC9— OptaJohan (@OptaJohan) June 27, 2021
Following a rather drab first half, Tomas Holes fired the underdogs in front in the 68th minute. However, the opening goal did not arrive until De Ligt had seen red for a professional handball which denied Patrik Schick a clear goalscoring opportunity in an earlier incident. At the age of 21 years and 319 days, the Juventus center-back took over the mantle from Italy's Gianluca Zambrotta, who was sent off as a 23-year-old during a Euro 2000 semi-final against the Netherlands as the youngest-ever player to see red in the knockout stage of the tournament.
4 - Netherlands have been shown four red cards at the EUROs, with two coming against Czechoslovakia (both in 1976) and two against Czech Republic (2004, 2020). Spooky. #EURO2020 pic.twitter.com/247Qyj4n2F— OptaJoe (@OptaJoe) June 27, 2021
There was very little the Dutch could do from that point onward and would eventually collapse and concede another goal as their pursuit to secure an equalizer fell apart. This time it was Patrik Schick who got on the scoresheet for his fourth goal of the tournament in the 80th minute, setting his side up for a quarter-final showdown with Denmark on July 3.