The Czech Republic created a sensation by eliminating the Netherlands (0-2) in the round of 16 of the Euro. Find the Tops and Flops of this meeting which ended with a feat of the Czechs.
The Czech Republic collective bends the Netherlands
It is difficult to bring out a personality in this Czech team as it has shown solidarity and self-sacrifice in this match. From the start, the Czechs put intensity and impact, especially in midfield. Carried by their individualities, the Netherlands had situations all pushed back by the Kalas-Celustka hinge. Vaclik was also decisive in his goal. The Sevillian doorman won his duel against Malen in the 55th, and was imperial in his cage. Special mention to the middle trio, Soucek, Holes and Barak. Orphans of their captain Darida in the center of the field, the three Czech midfielders reigned. Wijnaldum did not weigh as usual in this match, hampered by the Czech pressing. A successful match for the Czech eleven.
Patrick Schick, again him
If a player from this Czech team is to be paid tribute, it is Bayer Leverkusen’s striker. Beyond his goal scored in the 80th, the Czech number 10 was poison for the Dutch defense. Clearly the most dangerous player on his team, it is he who pushes De Ligt to the fault leading to the red card. The former Roma player scored his 4th goal in this Euro and is already akin to the heir of legendary Czech strikers like Baros or Koller.
De Ligt sees red
Guilty of a voluntary hand in the 57th minute, the Juve player was excluded following this hand. From then on, his team no longer existed in this match. This red card clearly weighed on his partners who cracked 10 minutes later by conceding the opener.
Memphis Depay invisible
Expected as the leader of this Oranje team, the future Barcelona player has shown that he is still a long way from Robben, Sneijder or Van Persie, his illustrious elders. Well taken by the Czechs, the former Lyonnais did not weigh and tried a lot solo. Match to forget for Depay. In his defense, he is not helped by Malen, who missed a crucial duel against Vaclik, while the neo-Catalan was alone and unmarked.