The Netherlands, reduced to ten shortly after the break, yielded Sunday 2-0 in the round of 16 against the Czech Republic, united and courageous, which will face Denmark on Saturday in Baku, in the quarterfinals.
The score was 0-0 when “oranje” defense boss Matthijs de Ligt was sent off for deflecting the ball with his hand to the position of last defender. Outnumbered, the Dutch gave in on two goals from Tomas Holes (68th) and Patrik Schick (81st).
The Czechs took advantage of each block to bring the danger into the area of goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg. And it was ultimately the outsider who got the most dangerous situations.