🏆 EURO 2020: Netherlands thump Macedonia; Austria pip Ukraine to finish second
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🏆 EURO 2020: Netherlands thump Macedonia; Austria pip Ukraine to finish second

Netherlands kept their perfect record at the ongoing EURO 2020 tournament with an impressive display in a 3-0 thumping of North Macedonia in the last group match on Monday. 

Frank de Boer's men booked a place in the knockout phase with their win against Austria last time out and ensured they finished top of their group with a third win in as many matches. 

Georginio Wijnaldum scored a stunning second-half brace, adding to Memphis Depay's opener in the first half. 

Surprisingly, it was North Macedonia who got the first chance when Tricksovski put the ball in the back of the net after 10 minutes, but he was denied with a late offside flag. 

The Netherlands created a number of half-chances in the opening 25 minutes, but it was their opponents who got another clear chance to score. 

Pandev flicked the ball into Trajkovski's path, and the Real Mallorca winger smacked the base of the far post with an excellently taken shot from 20 yards.

The Oranje though grabbed the opener against the run of play with a deadly count attack, which ended in Depay scoring. 

The Netherlands then turned up the pressure in the second period, scoring two more unanswered goals. 

They almost added a second five minutes after the restart, but Trajkovski kept his side in the game by nodding De Ligt's powerful header off the line from an excellent Berghuis corner.

They however got their second a minute later as Depay managed to get in behind the North Macedonia defence after he was slipped through by Gravenberch in midfield.

He looked into the six-yard box and found Wijnaldum, who beat Velkovski to the ball and buried it for his 24th Netherlands goal.

The PSG midfielder then found himself at the right place at the right time to tuck in a rebound just before the hour-mark for his second of the night and third of the tournament. 

They were unlucky not to have a fourth when substitute Weghorst was put through on goal, but his shot bounced off the crossbar. 

North Macedonia thought they had scored one on the night, but just like their earlier attempt, when substitute Churlinov beat Stekelenburg, but his effort was ruled out for offside. 

In the other match of the group, Austria beat Ukraine 2-0 to qualify as group runners-up. 

Christoph Baumgartner scored the lone goal in the 21st minute, and it proved enough to see them finish on six points and join the Netherlands in the next round. 

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