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Netherlands vs Ukraine: UEFA EURO 2020 match background, facts and stats

The Netherlands are unbeaten in their two previous matches against Ukraine, and have home advantage in Amsterdam for their EURO return.

Netherlands's Dirk Kuyt scores against Ukrainian in a 2008 friendly
Netherlands's Dirk Kuyt scores against Ukrainian in a 2008 friendly AFP via Getty Images

The Netherlands will hope for a repeat of their only previous home fixture against Ukraine when the teams meet in Amsterdam on the opening day of UEFA EURO 2020 Group C.

• While the Dutch are making their return to the final tournament after missing out in 2016, Ukraine are featuring at a EURO for the third time, both in succession and overall.

• This is a tenth EURO appearance for the Netherlands, champions in 1988.

Previous meetings

• This is a first competitive meeting for the teams, whose two previous fixtures were both friendlies.

• The sides first met in Rotterdam on 24 May 2008, goals from Dirk Kuyt (24), Klaas-Jan Huntelaar (38) and Ryan Babel (64) earning Marco van Basten's home side a 3-0 victory at at the Stadion Feijenoord against a Ukraine side coached by Oleksiy Mykhailychenko. Van Basten and Mykhailychenko had been on opposing sides in the final of EURO '88, the Dutchman scoring a famous volley in a 2-0 victory against the Soviet Union.

EURO 1988 final highlights: Netherlands 2-0 USSR
EURO 1988 final highlights: Netherlands 2-0 USSR

• Both coaches had changed by the time the teams reconvened for another friendly at the Donbass Arena in Donetsk on 11 August 2010. Bert van Marwijk's visitors, playing their first match since losing the FIFA World Cup final to Spain, took a 73rd-minute lead through Jeremain Lens, but Oleksandr Aliyev levelled two minutes later for Ukraine, who were then coached – for the last time – by Myron Markevich.

• Current Ukraine coach Andriy Shevchenko featured in both those games. Andriy Pyatov and Yevhen Konoplyanka both played 90 minutes in the Donetsk draw.

EURO facts: Netherlands
• The Netherlands have appeared in nine previous UEFA European Championship final tournaments; they missed out on UEFA EURO 2016, the first time they had not featured in a EURO since 1984.

• Champions in 1988 – their sole major international trophy – the Netherlands finished third at the 1976 UEFA European Championship and also reached the semi-finals in 1992, 2000 as co-hosts and 2004. Their most recent knockout appearance came in 2008, when they lost to Russia after extra time in the quarter-finals.

Great Netherlands goals
Great Netherlands goals

• On their last EURO appearance, in 2012, a team coached by Van Marwijk finished bottom of a group including Portugal, Germany and Denmark without a point; that made it four consecutive final tournament defeats.

• The Oranje finished fourth in their UEFA EURO 2016 qualifying group behind the Czech Republic, Iceland and Turkey.

• This is the first time the Netherlands have featured in a European Championship or FIFA World Cup since finishing third at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

• The Dutch did, however, reach the final of the first UEFA Nations League in 2019, beating England 3-1 after extra time in the semi-finals only to lose 1-0 to hosts Portugal in the final.

• Ronald Koeman's side finished second behind Germany in UEFA EURO 2020 qualifying Group C, picking up 19 points from their eight matches (W6 D1 L1). Koeman was replaced as coach by Frank de Boer in September 2020.

• Memphis Depay provided eight assists in qualifying, more than any other player. Having scored six himself, he played a direct role in 58% of the Netherlands' 24 goals.

• Having managed ten goals in his first 53 international appearances, Georginio Wijnaldum hit eight in seven qualifying appearances to finish as the Netherlands' top scorer.

• The Netherlands' record in Amsterdam overall is W56 D26 L34. At the Johan Cruijff ArenA, their record is W39 D19 L14, although they have won just seven of the last 19 matches in the stadium (D2 L10). In qualifying for UEFA EURO 2020, the Netherlands lost 3-2 to Germany in Amsterdam but beat Estonia 5-0 there.

uHighlights: Netherlands 5-0 Estonia
uHighlights: Netherlands 5-0 Estonia

EURO facts: Ukraine
• Having never featured in a UEFA European Championship before co-hosting the 2012 edition with Poland, this is Ukraine's third successive appearance in the final tournament.

• Ukraine have lost five of their six EURO matches, the exception a 2-1 defeat of Sweden in their opening UEFA EURO 2012 fixture. Shevchenko, now head coach, scored twice in Kyiv – Ukraine's only EURO finals goals.

• A team coached by Mykhailo Fomenko finished bottom of Group C at UEFA EURO 2016, losing to Germany, Northern Ireland (both 0-2) and Poland (0-1).

• Shevchenko's side finished top of Group B in qualifying for UEFA EURO 2020, picking up 20 points from their eight games – three more than holders Portugal.

Highlights: Ukraine 2-1 Portugal
Highlights: Ukraine 2-1 Portugal

• Ukraine remained unbeaten in qualifying, winning six matches and drawing two. They are one of five sides to not lose a game in the UEFA EURO 2020 preliminaries, along with Belgium, Italy – who both won all their fixtures – Spain and Denmark.

• This is the first time Ukraine have qualified for a EURO directly; after co-hosting in 2012, they beat Slovenia in the play-offs to reach the 2016 event.

• This is also Ukraine's first game in Amsterdam, and only their second in the Netherlands after that 2008 reverse in Rotterdam.

Links and trivia
• Have played in the Netherlands:
Oleksandr Zinchenko (PSV Eindhoven 2016/17 loan)

• Have played together:
Marten de Roon, Hans Hateboer & Ruslan Malinovskyi (Atalanta 2019–)
Marco Bizot & Ruslan Malinovskyi (Genk 2016/17)
Davy Pröpper, Jeroen Zoet, Luuk de Jong, Steven Bergwijn & Oleksandr Zinchenko (PSV Eindhoven 2016/17)

• Donny van de Beek scored at the Johan Cruijff ArenA in Ajax's 3-1 defeat of Dynamo Kyiv in the 2018/19 UEFA Champions League play-off first leg. Daley Blind, Matthijs de Ligt and Frenkie de Jong also played 90 minutes in that game and in the subsequent goalless draw in Ukraine; Mykyta Burda, Serhiy Sydorchuk, Vitaliy Buyalskiy, Viktor Tsygankov, Artem Besedin and substitute Volodymyr Shepelev all featured for Dynamo in Amsterdam.

• Steven Berghuis scored past Pyatov in Rotterdam as Feyenoord lost 2-1 to Shakhtar Donetsk in the 2017/18 UEFA Champions League group stage; two Marlos goals helped Shakhtar win the return 3-1 in Kharkiv.

• An extra-time Konoplyanka goal in Amsterdam in Dnipro's 2-1 loss at Frank de Boer's Ajax in the 2014/15 UEFA Europa League round of 16 second leg took the Ukrainian club through on away goals.

• Malinovskyi scored twice in Zorya Luhansk's 4-3 loss at Feyenoord in the 2014/15 UEFA Europa League play-off second leg.

• Depay's goal helped PSV to a 2-0 win at Chornomorets Odesa in the 2013/14 UEFA Europa League group stage.

• Konoplyanka scored Dnipro's winner in a 2-1 victory at PSV in the 2012/13 UEFA Europa League group stage.

• Mykola Shaparenko scored Dynamo Kyiv's second goal in a 2-0 defeat of AZ Alkmaar in the UEFA Champions League third qualifying round on 15 September 2020.

• De Roon was part of the Atalanta side that won 3-0 away to Shakhtar on Matchday 6 of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League, a result that took the Italian side into the round of 16 at the expense of their opponents.