‘Holland at the back? Forget about it’: Roy Keane insists Dutch will NOT enjoy a lengthy run at Euro 2020 as they will get ‘found out’ defensively by stronger teams following thrilling 3-2 win over Ukraine
- Roy Keane believes Holland’s defensive vulnerability will stop them progressing
- Holland beat Ukraine 3-2 but struggled defensively in their opening group game
- The absence of Virgil van Dijk is a concern, while Matthijs de Ligt isn’t fully fit
- Find out the latest Euro 2020 news including fixtures, live action and results here.
Roy Keane has told Holland to ‘forget’ about making major progress at Euro 2020 as they will get ‘found out’ defensively by top teams in the latter stages.
Holland beat Ukraine 3-2 on Sunday night at the Johan Cruyff Arena in a game that showcased both their creativity and their defensive vulnerability.
Keane also believes that Ukraine’s struggles at the back will count against them.
Roy Keane believes Holland’s defence will cost them in the latter stages of Euro 2020
Keane, who also criticised Ukraine’s defending, believes that Holland will soon get ‘found out’
Speaking on ITV, Keane said: ‘Credit to Holland they got momentum back and showed a bit of character. Holland at the back, Ukraine at the back, forget about it. In the latter stages of the competition they will get found out by the top teams.’
Holland are missing Virgil van Dijk at the tournament, with the Liverpool captain having not played since October because of injury.
In addition, Matthijs de Ligt is in their 26-man squad but wasn’t fit enough to feature against Ukraine.
Netherlands started with a three-man central defence of Jurrien Timber, Stefan de Vrij and Daley Blind, although the latter was replaced by Nathan Ake in the 64th minute.
Former Holland international Nigel de Jong criticised the defending in the build up to Ukraine’s goals and also questioned the decision to take off Blind.
The absence of injured Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk is set to be keenly felt by Holland
De Jong said: ‘This is just poor defending. It showed Netherlands’ complacency after the 2-0. I’m wondering why the substitution was made with Blind coming off.’
Given that Austria and North Macedonia are the other teams in Group C, Holland will be confident of making it through to the last-16.
However, it is clear that they need to be more resolute at the back if they are to progress further.
Georginio Wijnaldum gave Holland the lead in the 52nd minute, with Wout Weghorst doubling their advantage.
Ukraine mounted a spirited response as Andriy Yarmolenko reduced the deficit with a stunning strike before Roman Yaremchuk equalised.
Denzel Dumfries then scored a dramatic late winner for Holland, who are next in action on Thursday against Austria.
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