Analysis: Risky business for De Boer brings reward for Netherlands

Soccer Football – Euro 2020 – Group C – Netherlands v Ukraine – Johan Cruyff Arena, Amsterdam, Netherlands – June 13, 2021 Netherlands coach Frank de Boer Pool via REUTERS/Peter Dejong

Netherlands coach Frank de Boer’s unwavering belief in his 3-5-2 formation would have been tested had his side not grabbed a late winner in their seesaw 3-2 European Championship Group C victory over Ukraine at the Johan Cruyff Arena on Sunday.

The Dutch looked to be cruising with a 2-0 lead after goals from Georginio Wijnaldum and Wout Weghorst, but De Boer’s insistence on maintaining his ‘risk and reward’ approach almost cost them three points.

First Andriy Yarmolenko was given too much time and space to measure a trademark shot into the top corner of the Netherlands goal, before a poor free kick given away by the scrambling home defence culminated with Roman Yaremchuk heading in an equaliser.

But then it paid off, as right back Denzel Dumfries headed the winner from…

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