Netherlands face Ukraine in UEFA EURO 2020 Group C – all you need to know.
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Ukraine take on Netherlands in UEFA EURO 2020 Group C in Amsterdam on Sunday 13 June at 21:00 CET.
What's the story?
Having sat out UEFA EURO 2016 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup, the Netherlands play their first final tournament game in seven years, and in front of their home fans in Amsterdam. It is the first time these teams have met competitively, with Ukraine hoping to show to form that took them to the finals, finishing unbeaten above holders Portugal in their group.
Where to watch the game on TV
Netherlands: Stekelenburg; Dumfries, Timber, De Vrij, Blind, Van Aanholt; F de Jong, De Roon, Wijnaldum; Depay, Weghorst
Ukraine: Bushchan; Karavaev, Zabarnyi, Matviyenko, Mykolenko; Sydorchuk, Zinchenko, Malinovskyi; Yarmolenko, Yaremchuk, Zubkov
Derek Brookman, Netherlands reporter: With Matthijs de Ligt ruled out through a groin injury, it’s looking increasingly likely that 19-year-old Jurriën Timber will take the Juventus defender’s place. And despite someone paying for a plane to trail a banner above the training ground this morning saying "Frank: just play 4-3-3!" Frank de Boer is likely to opt for a 5-3-2 formation, with Timber as one of the middle three at the back. Confirmed keeper Maarten Stekelenburg, at 38, will be the oldest player in the tournament.
Bogdan Buga, Ukraine reporter: "We know we are up against a very strong team and that the Netherlands are favourites," Andriy Shevchenko told me recently, and Ukraine really will be up against it in Amsterdam. The main question is whether they stick to their usual 4-3-3 system and possession-based style or revert to the 3-5-2/5-3-2 that got them a 1-1 draw against France in Paris on 24 March. I can certainly see Shevchenko playing a more cautious game.
What the coaches say
Frank de Boer, Netherlands coach: "We've watched videos of Ukraine and I know some of their players; I've seen them playing. I think they are a good team with a lot of quality. They're well organised and play decent football, so straight away it's a tough opponent ... Matthijs de Ligt won’t be playing. And Maarten Stekelenburg is my first-choice keeper."
Andriy Shevchenko, Ukraine coach: "The main task for the team is to go through the group stage. We understand that we will have to play against very strong teams and that the Netherlands are one of the favourites. The main thing is that we have a certain style we are playing and we will not change that. We have our own principles which we abide by. So we might have an opportunity to play 4-3-3 or, for example, 3-5-2, but our own principles will not change.”
Form guide (most recent first)