Euro 2020: Daily briefing
It’s been a wild couple of games for the Dutch in Amsterdam, with the Oranje emerging as one of the more entertaining sides at this tournament after another win against Austria. Memphis Depay, fresh from securing his free transfer to Barcelona after letting his contract at Lyon expire, has stepped up as a true leader for Frank De Boer’s side.
While North Macedonia agains showed bright signs but fell to Ukraine thanks to goals from Andriy Yarmolenko and Roman Yaremchuk. Goran Pandev, 37, is set to hang up his international boots following tonight’s game, with 38 goals in 121 appearances for the veteran forward: “This will be my last game for the national team as it’s the right time to call time on my international career. This generation can bring the nation plenty of joy in the future, and I believe they are capable of qualifying for the World Cup.”
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Euro 2020: North Macedonia vs Netherlands
Having qualified for Euro 2020 via the bottom route of the UEFA Nations League, the odds were always stacked against North Macedonia in terms of progressing to the knockout stages.
Igor Angelovski‘s side have managed to score in each of their defeats to Austria and Ukraine but the head coach would have been disappointed with his team’s defending. They allowed West Ham’s Andriy Yarmolenko too much space to prod Ukraine ahead in the first half, while Roman Yaremchuk was too clinical for his side’s second.
Leeds United full-back Ezgjan Alioski scored from the rebound after missing a penalty prior to the hour mark to provide North Macedonia with hope of remaining in the competition, but they were ultimately unable find an equaliser.
With head-to-head rules in place, Angelovski’s outfit are now guaranteed to finish bottom of Group C – they are playing for pride when they travel to Amsterdam to take on group winners Netherlands.
Andrew Gamble21 June 2021 15:21
North Macedonia vs Netherlands: Prediction
Netherlands looked shaky in their opener against Ukraine, blowing a 2-2 lead before winning 3-2, but they were much more composed in their victory over Austria. North Macedonia will fight hard as they did in their first two games, but Netherlands’ confidence and quality should seal the win. North Macedonia 0-2 Netherlands.
Jack Rathborn21 June 2021 12:18
North Macedonia vs Netherlands: Odds
Jack Rathborn21 June 2021 12:18
North Macedonia vs Netherlands: Goran Pandev set for international swansong
“This will be my last game for the national team as it’s the right time to call time on my international career,” Pandev told a news conference on Sunday.
“This generation can bring the nation plenty of joy in the future, and I believe they are capable of qualifying for the World Cup. Tomorrow’s match will be special, and I am hoping for a good farewell performance.
“I will probably soon finish my club career too, but as far as the national team goes, this is definitely the end because playing on two fronts at the age of 38 is too much.”
Jack Rathborn21 June 2021 12:04