UEFA Euro 2020, Czech Republic stun Netherlands: Records broken
The Czech Republic football team beat the Dutch side 2-0 at the European Championships to reach the quarter-finals. Netherlands, who maintained a 100% record in the group stage, were down to 10 men as Matthijs de Ligt was sent off. Post that, the Czechs grew in confidence and scored two goals to advance. Here are the records that were broken.
Czechs beat the Netherlands 2-0 to go through
De Ligt was sent off for handball following a VAR review, denying Patrik Schick a clear goal-scoring opportunity. 13 minutes later, Tomas Holes nodded in the opener before assisting the in-form Patrik Schick as the Czechs doubled their lead on 80 minutes. Notably, the Dutch had a huge chance earlier on as Donyell Malen raced through one-on-one with goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik.
The Dutch script these forgettable records
For the first time since all Euro and World Cup games are analyzed (1980), the Netherlands have failed to record a single shot on target in a tournament game. The Dutch have been shown four red cards at the Euros, with two coming against Czechoslovakia (both in 1976) and two against the Czech Republic (2004, 2020).
Wijnaldum scripts an unwanted record
As per Opta, Netherlands mid-fielder Georginio Wijnaldum completed just 10 passes across 90 minutes versus the Czech Republic. This is the fewest by a Dutch outfield player to play the full game in a European Championships knockout round in recorded history (since 1980).
Feats for Holes and Schick
As per Opta, Holes is the first Czech player to both score and assist in a single Euros game since both Jan Koller and Milan Baros also did so against the Netherlands (Euro 2004). Meanwhile, Schick has scored 15 goals in 30 appearances for the Czech Republic. Only Milan Baros (5) has scored more goals at major tournaments than Schick (4) among Czech players.