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Netherlands 2-0 Austria: Depay and Dumfries seal Oranje last 16 spot

Netherlands secure qualification to the knockout stages of Euro 2020 with a comfortable 2-0 victory over Austria.

Topping their table has set up a last-16 tie with one of the third-placed finishers in Budapest.

If their win against Ukraine contained both good and bad, there was mainly only the former against Austria.

There was much greater control, calm and dominance against Austria than the Dutch enjoyed in Sunday’s five-goal thriller against Ukraine.

They led 1-0 at the break after Depay converted from the penalty spot and they controlled most of the game, with Austria unable to test them until late on.

De Vrij went close just after the hour mark, but Bachmann made an excellent save, before De Ligt was denied on the follow-up.

However, just a few minutes later Netherlands doubled their lead, after Depay set Malen off over the top and he then squared it to Dumfries, who fired it into the back of the net.

Raiding and relentless right-wing back Denzel Dumfries shone again scoring his second goal of the competition.

Frenkie de Jong conducted, created and cleaned up in equal measure in midfield.

Memphis Depay roamed dangerously all night in attack, scoring one and helping set up the second, with captain Georginio Wijnaldum providing tireless support.

Austria can still qualify, but they are now third and level on points with Ukraine, who they face in the final group game.

Meanwhile Netherlands face North Macedonia on Monday.

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