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Netherlands vs Austria. European Championships Group D.

Olympiastadion BerlinAttendance68,363.

Netherlands 2

  • C Gakpo (47th minute)
  • Memphis Depay (75th minute)

Austria 3

  • D Malen (6th minute own goal)
  • R Schmid (59th minute)
  • M Sabitzer (80th minute)

Euro 2024 - Netherlands 2-3 Austria: Ralf Rangnick's side deservedly edge five-goal thriller to win Group D

Report from Euro 2024 as Austria beat the Netherlands to qualify for the last 16 as Group D winners; Marcel Sabitzer and Romano Schmid score for Austria after Donyell Malen's own goal; Cody Gakpo and Memphis Depay on target for the Netherlands, who finish third behind runners-up France

Austria players celebrate after taking the lead against the Netherlands through a Donyell Malen own goal
Image: Austria produced an impressive performance to beat the Netherlands in Berlin

Austria's impressive Euro 2024 campaign continued as they deservedly edged a five-goal thriller against the Netherlands to qualify for the last 16 as Group D winners.

After beating Poland convincingly last time out, Ralf Rangnick's organised side produced another excellent result to finish top of the standings at a European Championship for the first time in their history.

A Donyell Malen own goal gave Austria an early lead but the Netherlands hit back through Cody Gakpo just 75 seconds into the second half.

Romano Schmid headed Austria in front again just before the hour mark before Memphis Depay scored the Netherlands' second equaliser following a VAR check 16 minutes later.

But the Dutch had no answer to Austria's third goal of the day as Marcel Sabitzer's powerful strike in the 80th minute saw Ronald Koeman's team qualify in third and set up a potential last-16 tie with England.

France progress to the knockout stage as runners-up after being held to a 1-1 draw by already-eliminated Poland in Dortmund.

Group D
Image: The Netherlands have qualified for the last 16 as one of the best third-placed teams

How Austria upset the odds to win Group D

Both nations knew progression to the last 16 was all but confirmed heading into their final Group D fixture. The Netherlands' spot in the next round was already guaranteed - at least as one of the best third-placed teams - while Austria knew even a defeat would see them qualify in third unless they lost by a five-goal margin.

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But with the top two positions in the group still up for grabs, both sides wanted to finish with a victory and it was Austria who looked set to do just that when Malen diverted Alexander Prass' dangerous cross into his own net in the 6th minute.

Patrick Wimmer wheels away to celebrate after Austria take the lead against the Netherlands through a Donyell Malen own goal
Image: Austria took the lead when Donyell Malen diverted a cross into his own net in the 6th minute

Rangnick's side continued to impress both in and out of possession but the Netherlands responded well and should have equalised midway through the first half, only for Malen to drag a shot wide when played through by Tijjani Reijnders, who had earlier missed the target himself.

Austria remained dangerous and almost doubled their advantage late in the half, but Netherlands goalkeeper Bart Verbruggen kept out Sabitzer's long-range drive before Marko Arnautovic failed to make contact with the ball from a few yards out after Florian Grillitsch's effort was deflected into his path.

Cody Gakpo equalises for the Netherlands against Austria
Image: Cody Gakpo equalised for the Netherlands immediately after the break

The Austrians deservedly led at half-time but the Netherlands hit back immediately after the break. Lutsharel Geertruida's excellent tackle gave first-half substitute Xavi Simons the chance to drive forward and his final pass was rounded off emphatically by Liverpool forward Gakpo (47).

The Dutch had finally gained some momentum but they weren't level for long. Their equaliser did not faze Austria and they retook the lead through Schmid, who headed in Grillitsch's pinpoint cross via a Stefan de Vrij deflection (59).

Romano Schmid celebrates after restoring Austria's lead against the Netherlands
Image: Romano Schmid restored Austria's lead in the 59th minute
Memphis Depay celebrates after bringing Netherlands level against Austria
Image: Memphis Depay's fine finish brought the Netherlands level for a second time

Depay thought he had brought the Netherlands level again when he controlled and volleyed in substitute Wout Weghorst's knock-down in the 75th minute, only for the goal to be immediately ruled out for handball. However, replays showed that was not the case and referee Ivan Kruzliak overturned his decision after being advised by the VAR to review the incident at the pitchside monitor.

While the Dutch had hopes of finding a late winner, Austria had other ideas and went ahead for the third time in the match just five minutes later through Sabitzer, who was played through exquisitely by substitute Christoph Baumgartner before smashing an effort past Verbruggen from the tightest of angles.

There was still time for Baumgartner to have a goal disallowed for offside and Weghorst to send a diving header over the bar before the country ranked 25th in the world were confirmed as Group D winners, with the Netherlands having to settle as one of the best third-placed qualifiers.

Marcel Sabitzer celebrates after restoring Austria's lead against the Netherlands
Image: Marcel Sabitzer's 80th-minute strike was the difference in Berlin

Rangnick: An incredible feat to finish top

Austria coach Ralf Rangnick said: "We deserved to win in the end. Overall, we had the greater will to win and an extreme energy output on the pitch, which you could feel in every phase of the match.

"The way we reacted to the goals we conceded, that we didn't bend, that we stayed true to our style of play and constantly kept seeking out our chances going forward.

"It's incredible to finish top of a group that was the hardest possible based on UEFA coefficients.

"We started with an unlucky own goal against France, dealt with all the pressure put on us to win against Poland, and then to end as group winners is something very special."

Ralf Rangnick has led Austria to back-to-back Euro 2024 victories
Image: Ralf Rangnick has led Austria to the last 16 of Euro 2024

Koeman: We deserved to lose

Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman said: "We started very badly in many aspects. There were many openings for the opponent. We were not aggressive and there was a lack of pressure on the opponents.

"It was very bad. We did not control the match early. Later on we performed slightly better and we had a few opportunities, but they punished us.

"We have to take responsibility on the pitch; we're not entitled to get a better result.

"We knew before the match that if we finish third we would get a big nation in the next round. We will wait and see what happens."

Analysis: Dangerous Austria won't fear anyone

Sky Sports' Dan Sansom:

Ralf Rangnick admitted there was scepticism among the players when he was hired as Austria's manager in 2022, but those doubts have been quickly eradicated after the national team finished top of their group at a European Championship for the first time in their history.

Known as one of the godfathers of "gegenpressing", the German has left a permanent mark on modern football and Austria's current squad is excelling under his guidance.

Their aggressive, front-foot approach saw them perform well in a narrow loss to France before more eye-catching displays followed in deserved wins over Poland and the Netherlands.

Austria, Euro 2024
Image: Austria have won back-to-back games at a major tournament for the first time since the 1982 World Cup

While Austria's tireless running and fluid movement caused the Dutch constant problems in Berlin, their never-say-die attitude - instilled by Rangnick - was equally as impressive.

Many will view a country ranked 25th in the world as a surprise package at this tournament, but Austria have now lost just twice in 19 matches.

Rangnick's side are a force to be reckoned with. They won't fear anyone in the knockout stage.

Who faces who in the last 16?

Austria will face the runners-up in Group F (currently Turkey) in the last 16, with France facing the runners-up in Group E (currently Belgium).

The Netherlands' next opponents are not yet confirmed. They could face Group B winners Spain, Group C winners England or Group E winners (currently Romania).

Once the four best third-placed teams have been determined, UEFA then allocates each nation to a last-16 tie in line with its regulations.

How does ranking third-placed teams work?

The top two teams from each of the six groups will proceed to the round of 16.

Those 12 sides will be joined by four of the six third-placed finishers in the groups. The sides finishing third will be placed into a league table, with the top four sides progressing to the last 16.

The teams that finish third in their respective groups are ranked in order of the following criteria, starting with:

  1. Points
  2. Goal difference
  3. Goals scored
  4. Wins
  5. Lower disciplinary points total
  6. European Qualifiers overall ranking

The tournament then moves to a straight knockout format, with one-legged ties - including extra-time and penalties if necessary - until two sides reach the final on July 14 in Berlin.

Opta stats: Sabitzer makes history for Austria

  • Marcel Sabitzer became the first Austrian to play 10 matches at the European Championships, scoring his first goal in the competition from his 22nd shot.
  • Austria have ended a run of seven consecutive defeats to the Netherlands in all competitions, with this their first victory since a 3-2 friendly win in 1990.
  • Austria scored their sixth goal at Euro 2024, their most in any edition of the European Championships and their most in a major tournament since the 1978 World Cup.
  • Cody Gakpo has scored five of the Netherlands' last eight group-stage goals at major tournaments, with no other Dutch player netting more than once in these matches.

Stats: Story of the match

Group D final results...

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