The Netherlands were eliminated from Euro 2020 at the round of 16 stage after a disappointing 2-0 defeat to the Czech Republic on Sunday. Second half strikes from Tomas Holes and Patrik Schick, following Matthijs de Ligt’s red card, wrapped up the win for the Czech Republic in Budapest.
Following a largely quiet first half, the match exploded into life after the interval as Donyell Malen raced through on goal after 52 minutes and looked to round Tomas Vaclik, but the Czech goalkeeper held his nerve to deny the striker.
This proved costly three minutes later, as De Ligt stopped the ball with his hand with Patrik Schick lurking just behind, before receiving a straight red card after a VAR review.
The Czech Republic took control of the match, and were ahead after 68 minutes. A deep corner was headed back across goal by Tomas Kalas, with Holes on hand to head home.
With 10 minutes remaining, the advantage was doubled. Holes dispossessed Georginio Wijnaldum brilliantly before his cut-back was slotted home coolly by Shick, as the Netherlands suffered an early exit from Euro 2020.