Czech Republic stun 10-man Dutch to seal Euro quarter-final tie
The Czech Republic set up a quarter-final tie with Denmark as second-half goals from Tomas Holes and Patrik Schick dumped 10-man Netherlands out of Euro 2020 with a 2-0 win in Budapest.
It was an eventful match after the goalless first half. But everything got wrong for the Dutch side after De Ligt’s intentional hand ball in the 55th minute.
The Czechs made their numerical advantage count when the excellent Holes converted at the far post (68), and the contest was put to bed when Schick tucked in his cross to notch his fourth goal of the tournament (80).
Everything was easy for Czech Republic after the red card to set up quarter-final with Denmark in Baku on Saturday.
In the 67th minute, the Czech pressure finally told. An inswinging free-kick from the right reached Kalas at the back post, the former Chelsea centre-back heading across goal for defensive midfielder Tomas Holes to head low and past Patrick van Aanholt on the line and send the Czech fans into delirium. The noise in the near-full house was deafening.
In the 80th minute, the Czech Republic put the game to bed. A long ball from keeper Vaclik was partially cleared, only for Holes – not content with scoring the opener – to surge forward and win the loose ball. Though the anchorman’s touch was a little heavy, he cut back superbly for Schik to score his fourth goal of the tournament with a cool first-time finish past the helpless Stekelenburg.