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EURO Preview: Final matches in groups C and D involving Netherlands, Belgiu

Football   |   June 21, 2021


EURO action continues as more final group matches take place on Monday night, two double-header a lined up in Groups C and D. That means four matches are lined up and while two of those involve two giants – Netherlands and Belgium – who have secured their slots in the round of 16, the other two matches provide good value for football purists.

Netherlands play already-eliminated North Macedonia and Austria lock horns with Austria in Group C while, in Group D, Belgium entertain Finland as Denmark play Russia.

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North Macedonia vs Netherlands

There’s little to play for as North Macedonia face Group C leaders the Netherlands in a game between top and bottom.
It’s been a tournament of contrasting fortunes for these two nations. The Oranje top the group unbeaten, while North Macedonia are yet to collect a point.

As a result, the latter have already been eliminated while the former have secured a place in the last 16.

What’s more, the Netherlands are already confirmed as group winners — the only team in the tournament to be in that position after two games.

The Dutch began their campaign with a game that has gone down as one of the group stage highlights.

They came out on top in a five-goal thriller against Ukraine, winning 3-2 thanks to goals from Georginio Wijnaldum, Wout Weghorst and Denzel Dumfries.

Right wing-back Dumfries scored again in a 2-0 win against Austria after Memphis Depay opened the scoring from the penalty spot.

North Macedonia are taking part in their first European Championships and are yet to register a point despite bursts of impressive play.

They lost 2-1 to Ukraine and 3-1 to Austria, and will now face their biggest test yet – but with the pressure off.

North Macedonia keeper Stole Dimitrievski was second for saves after matchday two
North Macedonia keeper Stole Dimitrievski was second for saves after matchday two
Only Turkey’s Ugurcan Cakir (16) made more saves in this tournament than North Macedonia’s Stole Dimitrievski (14) ahead of matchday three.

Ukraine vs Austria

This will be everything but entertaining a encounter as both sides know they have a chance of grabbing the remaining slot and they will be assured of their place with a win and will not be bothered with whether the other game goes according to or against the formbook.

Both teams have three points and a similar goal difference.

Group D preview

With Belgium guaranteed top spot from their opening two victories, the other spot is technically open to the other teams, including bottom-placed Denmark who lost their talisman Christian Erikssen after the Inter Milan star collapsed on the pitch in their eventual opening loss to Finland.

For Finland and Russia, they must avoid defeat to stand any chance but for the Danes they have to win by at least three goals and hope that Belgium beats Finland a good one to stand any chance of progressing.

A ruthless performance by Belgium and a similar outing for Denmark against Russia means three teams will be level on three points coming down to goal difference and that is where the Danes are likely to draw the advantage and qualify in honour of Erikssen who has since been discharged from hospital where he was treated following a cardiac arrest.