Georginio Wijnaldum goes level with Cristiano Ronaldo and Patrik Schick in Golden Boot race as Netherlands breeze past North Macedonia, Austria through to last-16 for first time with victory over Ukraine


The Netherlands sealed a 100 per cent winning record at the Euro 2020 group stages with a comfortable 3-0 victory over North Macedonia.

Former Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum, now of PSG, hit a double to join Cristiano Ronaldo and Patrick Schick at the top of the competition’s scoring charts, while Memphis Depay also got on the scoresheet as the Oranje topped Group C in style.

Wijnaldum is now the joint-top scorer at Euro 2020 with Cristiano Ronaldo

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Wijnaldum is now the joint-top scorer at Euro 2020 with Cristiano Ronaldo

Pandev, who made his debut for North Macedonia in 2001, called time a glittering career for his country following the match

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Pandev, who made his debut for North Macedonia in 2001, called time a glittering career for his country following the match

Ryan Gravenberch, making his first competitive start for the Netherlands, curled an early shot over the bar for the hosts as they stamped their authority on proceedings early on.

North Macedonia had the ball in the net minutes later after Goran Pandev, making his final appearance for his country, teed up Ivan Trickovski to slot home, before it was ruled out for offside.

Trickovski brilliantly linked up with Pandev once more little over ten minutes later as he played a well-worked one-two with the veteran striker before rifling an effort against the bar.

But it was the Netherlands who took the lead moments later as Memphis Depay fired in the opener after beeing teed up by Donyell Malen.

Depay ran North Macedonia’s back line ragged

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Depay ran North Macedonia’s back line ragged

Denzel Dumfries nearly doubled Holland’s lead on the half hour mark but for a brilliant save from North Macedona’s goalkeeper Stole Dimitrievski.

Dumfries, who has two goals in the Netherlands’ opening two matches, couldn’t fire home from close range.

At the interval, the Netherlands went ahead with arguably the worse of the chances – something not many would have predicted before it kicked off.

Matthijs de Ligt had the best chance of the opening moments of the second half, with his header cleared off the line by Trichkovski.

But a moment of magic from Depay once again opened up North Macedonia.

The new Barcelona man found space down the left to pass to Georginio Wijnaldum, now of PSG, to fire home.

Wijnaldum had his second minutes later as he arrived at the perfect place to tap home Depay’s rebounded effort home.

Incredibly, it was the 30-year-old’s 26th goal in 78 appearances for his nation and proved to be the last goal for the hosts at the Amsterdam ArenA.

Ukraine 0-1 Austria

Elsewhere, Austria qualified for the knockout stages of a European Championships final for the first time in their history after a 1-0 victory against Ukraine.

Having made it to the group stages in 2008 and then 2016, Christoph Baumgartner ensured he will never have to pay for a beer in Vienna again with a well-placed header to sink Andriy Shevchenko’s men.

Baumgartner may never have to pay for a beer on Austria again!

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Baumgartner may never have to pay for a beer on Austria again!

It means Austria will take on the imperious Italy at Wembley on Saturday night, a task no team in Europe will fancy, yet Franco Foda’s men were incisive up front and defensively solid at the back

With David Alaba marshalling the defence and Marcel Sabitzer providing the attacking impetus up front, Austria will certainly be no pushovers in this tournament.

It could have been a much easier task for Austria had Marko Arnautovic put a simple chance away in the first half, yet he spurned a glorious opportunity with the goal gaping.

Matt Holland watched the game for talkSPORT 2 and was left stunned by the former West Ham man’s inability to put the ball in the back of the net.

“It’s a golden opportunity,” Holland said. “It should be two.

“It’s a brilliant break from Ukraine and the space was there. It was laid on a plate and they couldn’t take advantage, Austria should be 2-0 up.”





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