The Netherlands and the Czech Republic will open the day of the Eurocup for a place in the quarterfinals: time, TV, and formations.
Orange wants to continue with the continental dream against a team that seeks to consolidate its great present. The winner will face Denmark, who yesterday eliminated Wales with a humiliating defeat.
The Netherlands team, which won all its commitments in this European Championship, will look at the Puskas Arena in Budapest for a ticket to the quarterfinals against the Czech Republic entrusted to its forward Patrik Schick, author of all its goals in the tournament, to try to surprise.
Along with Italy and Belgium, Frank de Boer has been the only one who has managed to overcome the first phase with full. This production had considerably raised their low expectations before the event's start. It silenced the criticism of the fans of the Orange.
Accused of being ultra-defensive and betraying the essence of a Clockwork Orange touch game, the Netherlands coach has nevertheless guided his team to the round of 16 and the highest-scoring team so far this tournament eight goals scored in the first three games.
All this, going from more minor to more. In their debut, the Dutch blew a 2-0 draw and allowed Ukraine to draw, although Denzel Dumfries' goal in the 85th minute sealed it 3-2. Then he won against Austria ( 2-0 ), and the closing of the C Group thrashed Macedonia North 3 to 0.
With no casualties beyond those known to Luuk de Jong and Donny van de Beek, the Netherlands arrives prepared to reissue the path that led them to their only continental title in 1988. In addition, the knockout box crosses allow you to avoid rivals such as Italy, Spain, France, Belgium, or Portugal until the final.
Marten de Roon, who was left out against the Macedonians, will return to a starting eleven. Wout Weghorst will also predictably return, in charge of accompanying Memphis Depay on offensive tasks. The new culé striker is the team's second top scorer (2) in the final phase, only behind Georginio Wijnaldum (3), indisputable in De Boer's scheme.
Opposite, the Czech Republic, finalist of the continental tournament in 1996 and champion like Czechoslovakia in 1976, relies on Patrik Schick to give a bell. The Bayer Leverkusen striker, the scorer of the team's three goals, has become the great reference of the Central European team and will form up despite a minor facial injury suffered in the duel against Croatia at Hampden Park.
Those of Jaroslav Silhavy managed to sneak into the playoffs after finishing third in Group D, all thanks in part to the opening win against Scotland (0-2), who allowed them to go ahead despite the draw against the Balkan (1-1) and the defeat against England (0-1).
" If we want to think about qualifying, we have to give 100-150%, and if some individual performances can be repeated like in the match against Scotland when Tomas Vaclík and Patrik Schick had a brilliant performance, we will have a good chance, " Silhavy said.
Left-back Jan Boril, suspended after seeing two yellow cards during the group stage, will be the only absence from the Czech side. Ales Mateju is taking his place in the eleven. The winner of this tie will face Denmark in the quarterfinals on July 3 in Baku.
NETHERLANDS : Stekelenburg; De Vrij, De Ligt, Blind; Dumfries, De Roon, De Jong, Van Aanholt, Wijnaldum; Weghorst and Depay.
CZECH REPUBLIC : Vaclik; Coufal, Celustka, Kalas, Mateju; Holes, Soucek; Masopust, Darida, Jankto; and Schick.
REFEREE : Sergey Karasev (RUS).
STADIUM: Puskas Arena in Budapest.
TIME: (13:00 ARG-URU / 12:00 CHI-PAR-VEN-BOL-MEX / 11:00 COL-PER-ECU)