LIVE: North Macedonia vs Netherlands

LIVE: North Macedonia vs Netherlands

46′ Referee Kovacs gets the second half underway!


46′ Dumfries, who scored two goals in the first two games for the Netherlands, also makes way for Berghuis.


46′ De Boer makes two changes at half-time, the first of which sees 19-year-old Timber replace De Vrij.

With the Netherlands leading at half-time, De Boer may see this as an opportunity to rest some of his stars ahead of June 27th’s last-16 clash. Angelovski will also be satisfied with his side’s first-half performance and may simply be encouraging them to kick on in the second half as they continue to play for pride.

North Macedonia’s fast-paced start nearly paid off as Trickovski saw his goal ruled out for offside inside the opening 10 minutes. Trajkovski carried on his team’s positive start as he struck the post but it was the Netherlands who took the lead through Depay’s contentious opener. Angelovski’s men felt Pandev was fouled in the build-up to the goal, however, referee Kovacs and VAR deemed Blind’s tackle to have been a fair one. In Amsterdam, De Boer’s men go in at half-time 1-0 up.


45′ + 1′ Gravenberch and Van Aanholt combine with the former then going down under pressure from Velkoski inside the area. Referee Kovacs seems to consider giving a penalty before pointing to his right to award a corner.

45′ Dimitrievski is forced to come flying out of his goal to intervene outside of his area in front of Depay, who was played through by De Jong. Excellent play from the goalkeeper keeps the Netherlands’ advantage to just the one goal.

44′ Pandev looks to become the creator as he fires a low left-footed pass towards Trajkovski. De Ligt reads the game well, however, and steps out of defence to intercept.

43′ The Netherlands have scored two or more goals in each of their last nine games in all competitions, their longest run since May 1935 (also nine in a row). They have never scored 2+ goals in 10 consecutive games in all competitions.

41′ WIDE! De Ligt’s stretched clearance gives away another corner on the left flank as he intervenes from Alioski’s cross. Bardhi delivers an inviting set-piece, which Musliu meets at the near post but the centre-back can only head wide to the right of goal, despite being relatively unchallenged.

40′ Elmas beats De Vrij to the ball before offloading to his right, where Bardhi powers a 25-yard right-footed strike high and wide of Stekelenburg’s goal. The North Macedonians are slowly growing back into this game after Depay’s opener.

39′ Ristovski looks for Trajkovski and De Vrij is forced to clear behind for the first corner of the game to Angelovski’s men. Bardhi goes short before moving inside and seeing his right-footed shot blocked by Wijnaldum.

38′ Gravenberch escapes the attentions of Pandev before Ristovski gives away another corner on the left-hand side. Depay once again whips in the set-piece but Malen fouls at the near post and the referee awards Ademi a free-kick.

37′ Dumfries speeds down the right-hand channel before Alioski recovers and makes a slide tackle to concede a corner. Depay delivers an outswinging cross which misses all of his team-mates inside the area.

36′ Gravenberch roams inwards from the left flank and curls a cross towards the back post. Dumfries and Wijnaldum both look interested but the ball travels over their heads and goes out for a goal-kick.

34′ After a frantic opening 30 minutes, Alioski brings calm to proceedings as he sensibly opts to play backwards. Angelovski’s men appear to be catching a breather, given the fast-paced start to this game in Amsterdam.

32′ Malen makes a smart turn inside the left-hand channel but Ristovski does well to keep up and intervene. The PSV forward has offered De Boer a completely different option up top so far in comparison to what Weghorst provides for the team.

30′ SAVE! Malen capitalises on the left flank as he races forward and slides a low left-footed pass towards the far post. Dumfries, who has scored two in the opening two games, arrives at the back stick but he sees his right-footed effort saved from close range by the feet of Dimitrievski.

29′ OVER! Trajkovski, who struck the post earlier on, fancies his chances from around 25 yards as he powers a right-footed strike over the crossbar. The Netherlands keep offering the North Macedonian forward space and he certainly isn’t shy of testing his luck.

27′ Depay’s strike represents his 50th goal or assist for the Netherlands (28 goals, 22 assists) in 67 appearances. He has also got nine goals and three assists in his last 10 games for the Netherlands in all competitions.

26′ North Macedonia have been getting increasingly frustrated with referee Kovacs and that most recent tackle on Pandev won’t help the official’s case. On another day, Depay’s opener may have been ruled out for Blind’s tackle but De Boer won’t mind as his side lead once more in Group C.


24′ Malen and Depay lead the counter-attack over the halfway line with the former making it to the right of goal before squaring back towards the penalty spot for his partner. Depay makes no mistake as he calmly places a low left-footed strike into the bottom left corner to open the scoring.


24′ GOOOOOOALLL! DEPAY MAKES IT 1-0! Blind clatters into Pandev with a sliding tackle on the edge of the area and the loose ball finds Malen via Gravenberch. The forward powers over the halfway line before exchanging a one-two with Depay and making it to the right of goal. Malen then slides back across goal for Depay, who hovers near the penalty spot before coolly slotting a low left-footed finish into the bottom left corner past Dimitrievski. VAR checks Blind’s initial tackle before confirming the goal can stand.

23′ In four previous meetings between North Macedonia and the Netherlands, North Macedonia haven’t led for a single minute in any game, and they are yet to go ahead in a match at the European Championships, scoring both of their goals when trailing. In Amsterdam, however, they have been the better side so far.

22′ POST! Trickovski drives forward and plays into Pandev, who offloads to the edge of the area to find Trajkovski. The North Macedonian looks for the bottom right corner with his right foot and his low strike beats Stekelenburg. Fortunately for the goalkeeper, Trajkovski’s attempt cannons into the post and bounces away from danger.

20′ Wijnaldum, Gravenberch and Depay all try to thread intricate passes through the North Macedonian defence but, on each occasion, their attempts get headed away. De Boer may feel one of them needs to take charge and unleash a shot instead of trying to create the perfect goal.

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18′ Ristovski talks his way into referee Kovacs’ book as he continues arguing with the match official about the earlier challenge on Ademi.

17′ Ademi gets caught on the edge of the Dutch penalty area by Gravenberch, however, referee Kovacs waves play on. Malen makes it down the other end, winning a corner for his side but Ademi stays down and requires brief medical attention.

16′ Depay and Malen are repeatedly finding little pockets of space but, as of yet, they have failed to play through Angelovski’s compact defence. This is a different front two to the usual pair De Boer has employed, given the towering presence of Weghorst is sat on the bench today.

14′ Van Aanholt moves inwards as Gravenberch finds his feet before the left wing-back looks through the middle for Wijnaldum. Musliu reads Van Aanholt’s intentions and intercepts before Dumfries regains possession on the right-hand side.

13′ CHANCE! No offside flag goes up against Depay as he latches onto Blind’s long pass and makes it towards the right of goal. The Lyon forward hammers a right-footed strike across the face of goal, however, Wijnaldum can’t quite get on the end of it and North Macedonia get away with one. This game has started in a fast-paced manner and the crowd in Amsterdam are loving it!

12′ Pandev scored in his team’s first ever international fixture against the Netherlands, nearly 17 years ago – it was in a FIFA World Cup qualifier played in October 2004 (2-2). Today he plays his last game for North Macedonia. Can he bow out with a goal?

11′ Depay has tons of room to the left of goal, where he tries to feed across for Dumfries at the far post. Alioski blocks, sending a clearance into Depay and the Netherlands’ chance to attack fades away.

10′ NO GOAL! Ristovski works a pass into the feet of Pandev, who plays a smart flick around the corner for Trickovski. The North Macedonian makes it to the right of goal, sliding a left-footed finish into the bottom left corner. Angelovski’s men wheel off in celebration, however, the flag goes up for offside against Trickovski before VAR confirms the assistant’s decision was a correct one.

8′ Trickovski’s poor pass allows Wijnaldum to intercept and the Dutch captain rolls down the left flank for Malen. The forward powers into the area, looking to return the favour to his team-mate but the offside flag goes up on the far side for the initial pass.

7′ Despite this fixture taking place in Amsterdam, North Macedonia are registered as the home team, meaning their opposition are playing in a darker strip to their usual orange.

6′ Wijnaldum leaves Ademi on the floor, however, his throughball for Depay gets cut out by Musliu. Depay attempts to create a counter-attacking chance moments later but his touch lets him down and Ristovski intercepts.

4′ Bardhi gets forward to support Alioski but his surge comes to an end as De Vrij intervenes. De Ligt is then called upon at the near post to clear away Trajkovski’s cross from the left flank.

3′ CLOSE! Gravenberch, who is making his first start for the Netherlands, dispossesses Velkoski before setting his sights on the top right corner with his right foot. The midfielder’s 20-yard effort dips and swerves but just goes over Dimitrievski’s crossbar.

2′ Dumfries has space on the right-hand side but he opts to go backwards, just as Alioski looked to have vacated space for Wijnaldum in behind. As expected, De Boer’s men are knocking the ball about with real confidence in the opening stages.

1′ With the national anthems over and done with, referee Istvan Kovacs gets this final Group C game underway!

The Netherlands have never lost against North Macedonia, winning two and drawing two of their four previous meetings.

Despite already being through to the last-16 stages, De Boer only opts for two changes to his starting line-up that faced Austria. Ajax’s Gravenberch replaces Marten de Roon in the middle, while further forward Malen gets the nod ahead of Weghorst.

Angelovski ditches the three-man defence to change to a back four and makes alterations to his team from last time out. Spirovski and Nikolov are the men to drop down to the bench, with the attacking options of Trajkovski and Trickovski coming in on either flank. After starting at centre-back last match, Ristovski will move to right-back to accommodate for the North Macedonian change of system.

SUBS: Tim Krul, Luuk de Jong, Davy Klaassen, Teun Koopmeiners, Steven Berghuis, Marco Bizot, Joel Veltman, Nathan Ake, Wout Weghorst, Jurrien Timber, Cody Gakpo, Quincy Promes.

NETHERLANDS (3-5-2): Maarten Stekelenburg; Daley Blind, Matthijs de Ligt, Stefan de Vrij; Patrick van Aanholt, Ryan Gravenberch, Georginio Wijnaldum, Frenkie de Jong, Denzel Dumfries; Memphis Depay, Donyell Malen.

SUBS: Krste Velkoski, Damjan Siskovski, Daniel Avramovski, Vlatko Stojanovski, Boban Nikolov, Kire Ristevski, Gjoko Zajkov, Stefan Spirovski, Risto Jankov, Darko Churlinov, Ferhan Hasani, Tihomir Kostadinov.

NORTH MACEDONIA (4-2-3-1): Stole Dimitrievski; Stefan Ristovski, Visar Musliu, Darko Velkoski, Ezgjan Alioski; Arijan Ademi, Enis Bardhi; Ivan Trickovski, Eljif Elmas, Aleksandar Trajkovski; Goran Pandev.

After a 3-2 opening victory against Ukraine, the Netherlands coasted past Austria 2-0 to confirm top spot in Group C. Frank de Boer may consider resting some stars against today’s opponents, with a view to the last-16 stages, where his team will face one of the four best third-place finishers in Budapest on June 27th.

Given their qualification through the Nations League, no-one saw North Macedonia progressing to the knockout stages. They have, however, provided a good account of themselves, scoring against both Austria and Ukraine in respectable defeats. Due to the head-to-head nature of Euro 2020’s group rulings, Igor Angelovski’s men can’t finish above bottom in Group C, so they will simply be playing for pride in Amsterdam today.

Hello and welcome to live coverage of the Group C fixture between North Macedonia and the Netherlands.

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