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

The Netherlands will go into their second Group C game in good heart having won their last six matches against Austria.

Netherlands' Georginio Wijnaldum in action against Austria during the teams' 2016 friendly
Netherlands' Georginio Wijnaldum in action against Austria during the teams' 2016 friendly VI-Images via Getty Images

The overall history between the Netherlands and Austria suggests a close contest in prospect in Amsterdam – although the Dutch have plenty of reasons for optimism having won all of the countries' last six matches.

Previous meetings

• The most recent fixture between the sides was a friendly in Vienna on 4 June 2016, the Netherlands – then coached by Danny Blind – recording a 2-0 victory at at the Ernst Happel Stadion thanks to a goal in each half from Vincent Janssen and Georginio Wijnaldum against Marcel Koller's Austria.

• That was the 19th match between the teams, and a ninth Dutch victory. The Oranje have scored 18 goals in winning the last six such matches, an average of three goals per game.

• That six-match winning sequence includes the sides' only previous UEFA European Championship contests, in qualifying for UEFA EURO 2004. The Netherlands, managed by Dick Advocaat, won 3-0 against Hans Krankl's Austria in Vienna in October 2002 thanks to goals from Clarence Seedorf, Phillip Cocu and Roy Makaay, before a 3-1 home triumph in Rotterdam in which Rafael van der Vaart, Patrick Kluivert and Cocu got the Dutch goals, Austria's Emanuel Pogatetz having made the score 1-1. The Netherlands went on to finish second in the section behind the Czech Republic on 19 points and ultimately reached the final tournament in Portugal via the play-offs; Austria were third, ten points behind.

• The most recent encounter in the Netherlands, a friendly in Eindhoven on 9 February 2011, ended in a 3-1 home win, with Kevin Strootman and fellow substitute Luuk de Jong both making their international debuts for the Oranje. Austria's late consolation goal was scored from the penalty spot by Marko Arnautović after Wesley Sneijder, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar and Dirk Kuyt (penalty) had put the home side 3-0 up.

• Austria's last victory against the Netherlands came in a Vienna friendly on 30 May 1990. Goals from Robert Pecl, Manfred Zsak and Anton Pfeffer gave the home side a three-goal lead at the Praterstadion, although strikes in the final half-hour from Ronald Koeman and Marco van Basten ensured a tense finale.

• This is only the sides' second fixture in a final tournament; the Netherlands were 5-1 winners in Córdoba in the second group stage of the 1978 FIFA World Cup, Johnny Rep scoring twice with Ernie Brandts, Rob Rensenbrink and Willy van der Kerkhof also on target.

• The teams have not met in Amsterdam since a 1-1 friendly draw at the Olympisch Stadion in April 1964. That preserved Austria's unbeaten record in the city, the visitors having also drawn 1-1 there in September 1957 after a 1-0 success in December 1933, both friendlies.

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.

Great Netherlands goals
Great Netherlands goals

• 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.

• On their last EURO appearance, in 2012, a team coached by Bert 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.

• Before their Matchday 1 game against Ukraine, the Netherlands' record in Amsterdam overall was W56 D26 L34. At the Johan Cruijff ArenA, their record was W39 D19 L14, although they had 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.

EURO facts: Austria

• This is Austria's third EURO finals appearance, all in the last 12 years. Having appeared as co-hosts at UEFA EURO 2008 but failed to win in three games, they qualified for the tournament for the first time for UEFA EURO 2016 but again bowed out without recording a victory.

• Austria's record in EURO final tournaments before Matchday 1 was therefore D2 L4 F2 A7.

EURO 2016 highlights: Portugal 0-0 Austria
EURO 2016 highlights: Portugal 0-0 Austria

• At UEFA EURO 2016, Austria finished bottom of Group F, losing to Hungary (0-2) and Iceland (1-2) either side of a goalless draw against eventual champions Portugal.

• Austria's greatest achievement is a third-place finish at the 1954 World Cup in neighbouring Switzerland. They last qualified for a World Cup in 1998, when the tournament was staged in France.

• Before Matchday 1, Austria had not won a game at a major finals since a 2-1 defeat of the United States in the 1990 World Cup group stage.

• Franco Foda's side booked their place at UEFA EURO 2020 as Group G runners-up behind Poland, winning six of their ten qualifiers (D1 L3). They lost their first two matches and, with their finals place already secured, the last, 1-0 in Latvia.

Highlights: Austria 2-1 North Macedonia
Highlights: Austria 2-1 North Macedonia

• This is Austria's first game at the Johan Cruijff ArenA.

Links and trivia

• Netherlands coach De Boer enjoyed one of his greatest successes as a player on Austrian soil, as part of the Ajax team that beat AC Milan 1-0 in the 1995 UEFA Champions League final in Vienna.

• Have played in the Netherlands:
Max Wöber (Ajax 2017–19)
Marko Arnautović (Twente 2006–09)

• Have played together:
Matthijs de Ligt, Joël Veltman, Frenkie de Jong, Donny van de Beek & Max Wöber (Ajax 2017–19)
Justin Kluivert & Max Wöber (Ajax 2017/18)
Daley Blind & Max Wöber (Ajax 2018/19)
Wout Weghorst & Pavao Pervan (Wolfsburg 2018–)
Wout Weghorst & Xaver Schlager (Wolfsburg 2019–)
Quincy Promes & Max Wöber (Sevilla 2019)
Davy Klaassen & Marco Friedl (Werder Bremen 2018–20)
Ryan Babel & David Alaba (Hoffenheim 2011)

• Wijnaldum and Virgil van Dijk were in the Liverpool team that defeated Andreas Ulmer's Salzburg 2-0 on Matchday 6 of the 2019/20 UEFA Champions League, a result that ended the Austrian side's hopes of reaching the knockout round.