The Euro 2020 competition continues to provide some shocking results and the biggest in the knockout stages thus far is the elimination of The Netherlands by The Czech Republic though the latter boasts a good head-to-head record against their opponents in recent times.
Based on current form, the Dutch side have been very good compared to the Czech Republic, and they were seen as favorites going into the game.
This was partly due to their 100% record in the group stage in comparison to Czech’s qualification as one of the best losers.
Regardless, how Frank de Boer’s men went from a free-scoring side in the competition with 8 goals in the group stage to being restricted to zero shots on target in a game where they tagged favorites would forever remain a surprise.
When you see that the Red card even came in the second half of the game, the 55th minute precisely, and brandished to Matthijs de Ligt, you won’t be able to say that the Dutchmen didn’t disappoint.
They played the entire first half without any shot on target and I can confidently say that no one saw this coming. They went on to capitulate after the red card as Tomas Holes and Patrik Schick scored the goals for the Czechs in a 2 nil win.
In a previous post, I analyzed the possibility of any of the third-placed finishers eliminating any of the clubs with a 100% record from the group stage in this knockout round and we’ve seen one.
I guess we can say that the Dutchmen flattered to deceive in the group stages of Euro 2020 and fizzled out when they were expected to make a case for themselves as one of the best teams in the competition.
Memphis Depay was shut out and had a quiet game, and this has forced concerns amongst some Barcelona fans who thought they had acquired the full package after strong performances in the group stage.
Meanwhile, if anyone was looking for a dark horse in the competition after Turkey were disappointingly wiped out of the competition without a point from the group stage, then Jaroslav Šilhavý’s men should earn the tag.
We look forward to seeing how subsequent games in the Round of 16 pans out. Maybe, more surprises could be on the cards on Monday when France face Switzerland and Spain face Croatia.