De Boer knows Dutch must cut out errors

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De Boer knows Dutch must cut out errors

Holland coach Frank De Boer admits his side need to eradicate the errors from their game if they are to do well on their return to a major tournament after a seven-year absence.

Holland, who failed to qualify for Euro 2016 or World Cup 2018, were 2-0 up at home to Ukraine with 15 minutes to go thanks to goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and Wout Weghorst when they conceded twice in four minutes to Andriy Yarmolenko and Roman Yaremchuk.

However, they were rescued by PSV defender Denzel Dumfries, who redeemed himself after wasting Holland’s best chance before they scored, by heading home his first international goal at the far post .

“When you concede two goals that is not what you want to see but we played dominantly and that is what we want to see,” De Boer told his post-match press conference.

“You have to defend Yarmolenko better and we did not do that. It was a great goal but it was not necessary. The second goal was from a free-kick and you have to stop it.

“We have to learn from these mistakes. You cannot play 90 minutes without making an error – this is not realistic – but these things we will have to be analysed to see what we we need to improve.

“We can be proud, hopefully we can make more steps.”

De Boer also spoke about the emotion in the camp.

“I saw those images and I had to leave the room. I had five years with Christian,” he added.

“It was a roller-coaster last night. We had a meeting but we rescheduled it for the morning as we didn’t want to talk about football.

“Daley (Blind) was quite emotional. He had some problems with his own heart and one of his best friends is Christian Eriksen so it is normal there are a lot of emotions going through us, him especially.”

Ukraine coach Andriy Shevchenko could not hide his disappointment after seeing his side throw away a point.

“I think it was a very interesting game with lots of opportunities for both sides,” he said.

“I’d like to thank my team for the reaction they showed, especially after we were 2-0 down and had lost the game at that point.”

Yarmolenko remained optimistic about their chances of progressing from Group C.

He said: “It is always upsetting to lose games like this at the end but it is not a tragedy. We still have two games to go.”

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Netherlands 3-2 Ukraine: Dumfries grabs late winner

Holland made a dramatic return to major tournament football, snatching a late 3-2 victory over Ukraine having squandered a two-goal lead in their Euro 2020 opener.

The Netherlands had failed to qualify for the previous European Championships and the 2018 World Cup and began their return to the big stage looking like they were desperate to make up for lost time.

But having gone 2-0 up with less than an hour to go through Georginio Wijnaldum and Wout Weghorst they collapsed, conceding twice in four minutes to Andriy Yarmolenko and Roman Yaremchuk.



However, they were rescued by PSV defender Denzel Dumfries who headed home his first international goal at the far post with five minutes remaining, having earlier wasted a great chance with the game goalless.

side registered seven shots in the opening 15 minutes alone with two of their most experienced players, Mephis Depay and Wijnaldum, running the show.

But a combination of ineffective finishing and goalkeeper Georgiy Buschan meant they were frustrated for 52 minutes before the previously impeccable goalkeeper pushed Dumfries’ cross straight out to the former midfielder and he calmly passed the ball into the net for his 23rd goal in 76 appearances.

Coincidentally, the new Paris St Germain signing was the last player to score for Holland at a major tournament, 2,528 days ago at the 2014 World Cup.

Weghorst, who had been relatively ineffective, fired home his first international competitive goal seven minutes later but the celebrations in Amsterdam’s Johan Cruyff Arena were cut short when West Ham winger Yarmolenko curled home a brilliant effort before Yaremchuk’s powerful header levelled up the Group C encounter.

At that point there was the potential for the hosts to implode completely but the 25-year-old Dumfries picked the perfect time to open his Oranje account and make it a memorable return after a seven-year absence.

Such was their dominance De Boer’s side should have cruised to victory.

Lyon’s former Manchester United forward Depay set the tone with a one-man counter-attack from 15 yards inside his own half with barely two minutes on the clock, forcing the first of a number of saves from Buschan.

With both wing-backs in the 3-5-2 formation pushing on it was no surprise to see the right-sided Dumfries regularly appearing in the final third but there was no excuse for him missing a free header from Depay’s cross five minutes before the interval.

It was, merely, a prelude to what turned into an exciting finish in which Ukraine’s goalkeeper had played his part, making the save of the match as, wrong-footed, he stuck out a left hand to keep out Wijnaldum’s deflected first-half volley.

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