Match Recap: North Macedonia vs. Netherlands at Euro 2020


The Netherlands concluded their group stage at Euro 2020 with a 3-0 victory over North Macedonia, making it three wins in a row.

Macedonia entered into this game with losses to Austria and Ukraine under its belt. However, they came close to getting out to a flawless start against the Dutch. In his final game for his country, Goran Pandev played in Ivan Trickovski, who scored with a strike. The flag was raised, and the goal was chalked out for offside after a VAR review.

Macedonia’s next great chance of the game fell to them as well. This time, Pandev’s ball reached Aleksandar Trajkovski, whose powerful right-footed shot ricocheted off the post.After getting over the early pressure, it was the Dutch who eventually claimed the lead again at Euro 2020. Memphis Depay and Donyell Malen combined for some great link-up play before the former tucked home a clean finish on an explosive counter-attack. Memphis scored his second goal in Euro 2020. The Netherlands continued to threaten, but at halftime, the score remained 1-0.

Euro 2020: Dutch finish the job in second half

Mathhijs de Ligt came close to scoring from a corner early in the second half, but Trickovski cleared the ball off the line. The Netherlands will score their second goal just a few minutes later. Memphis’ low cross from the left was turned in by Georginio Wijnaldum, who made it 2-0.Wijnaldum wouldn’t have to wait long to add to his and his country’s goal totals. Memphis fired a shot that North Macedonia goalkeeper Stole Dimitrievski parried away in the 58th minute. Unfortunately, the ball fell into the path of Wijnaldum, who scored his second goal of the night to put the game out of reach. With the win, Frank de Boer’s side now has a spotless record in the Euro 2020 knockout stages.

In the Round of 16, the Netherlands will face one of the top third-placed teams. After defeating Ukraine 3-2 and Austria 2-0 prior to the encounter against North Macedonia, they will try to extend their winning streak. However, after three group stage losses, the Macedonians’ Euro 2020 quest comes to an end.

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