After missing out on the last two major tournaments, Oranje glided through the Euro 2020 group stage with three wins from three games, beating Ukraine, Austria and North Macedonia with eight goals scored. They face a Czech Republic side that came close to finishing above both England and Croatia in Group D, but ultimately finished third with four points from three games.
Frank de Boer’s men are looking to become the first Dutch side to go beyond the quarter-finals at the Euros since the 2004 group, while the Czechs also reached the final four that year and were losing finalists in 1996.
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Netherlands vs Czech Republic: Match Stats
Since winning the tournament in 1988, the Netherlands have progressed from just two of their seven knockout stage games in the European Championship, beating Yugoslavia 6-1 in the 2000 quarter-final, and winning 5-4 on penalties against Sweden at the same stage in 2004.
Czech Republic have been eliminated in three of their last four games in the knockout stages of the European Championships – versus Germany in the final in 1996, Greece in the semi-final in 2004, and most recently, Portugal in the quarter-final of Euro 2012.
The Netherlands are looking to win their opening four games of a European Championship for only the second time, having last done so at Euro 2000. Current manager Frank de Boer played in every minute of their four victories to open the tournament in 2000, with all of them being played on home soil in the Netherlands.
Czech Republic have only won one of their last seven games at major tournaments (World Cup & Euros), drawing two and losing four. That victory came on MD1 of Euro 2020 against Scotland, winning 2-0 despite facing 19 opposition shots from the Scots in the game.
Memphis Depay has been directly involved in 13 goals in his last 10 appearances for Netherlands in all competitions (9 goals, 4 assists), while only Robert Lewandowski (12) attempted more shots than Depay (11) in the group stage at Euro 2020.
Georginio Wijnaldum has scored 15 goals in 25 appearances for Netherlands since the start of 2019, with no player scoring more for the country in that time. Wijnaldum had scored 10 goals in his first 53 appearances for Oranje.
Patrik Schick recorded six of the Czech Republic’s nine shots on target in the group stage at Euro 2020, the highest percentage of any player for his team in the tournament (67%). However, five of Schick’s shots on target in the group stage came against Scotland on MD1 – he has recorded just one in his last two appearances.
Netherlands vs Czech Republic: Corner Stats
Both sides won 14 corners during the group stages — the fifth-highest amount at Euro 2020.
Netherlands vs Czech Republic: Cards Stats
Neither side have received a red card at this tournament yet. The Dutch were booked just once in the group stages, while the Czechs picked up four cautions.
13 October 2015 – Netherlands 2-3 Czech Republic – European Championships qualifying
09 September 2014 – Czech Republic 2-1 Netherlands – European Championships qualifying
08 October 2005 – Czech Republic 0-2 Netherlands – World Cup qualifying
08 September 2004 – Netherlands 2-0 Czech Republic – World Cup qualifying
19 June 2004 – Netherlands 2-3 Czech Republic – Euro 2004
This will be the first meeting between the Netherlands and Czech Republic since October 2015, when the Dutch were beaten 3-2 in a Euro 2016 qualifier as part of a double for the Czechs. These two nations will face each other at the European Championships for the third time (excl. Czechoslovakia meetings), with both sides winning one game apiece previously. Their last meeting in the competition was a thriller at Euro 2004, in which the Czechs came from two goals down to win 3-2, following an 88th-minute winner from Vladimir Smicer.
Overall, the Netherlands have three wins against the Czech Republic, with three draws and five defeats.