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Euro 2020 | Czech Republic shock 10-man Netherlands

Czech Republic have beaten the 10-man Netherlands 2-0 in the last 16 of Euro 2020 to set up a quarter-final clash against Denmark in Baku next week.

Tomas Holes (68) and Patrik Schick (80) struck in the second half for the Czechs after Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt was sent off in the 55th minute at Puskas Arena.

Juventus centre half de Ligt was sent off 10 minutes into the second half for a deliberate handball after the 21-year-old misjudged a bouncing ball just outside his own box.

Ronald de Boer's Dutch side waltzed through Group C with a perfect record, but bow out of Euro 2020 after failing to produce anywhere near their best form in Budapest.

The Netherlands created the game's first chance, with Memphis Depay blazing wide after de Ligt couldn't direct his header on target. At the other end, West Ham midfielder Tomas Soucek glanced a header across the face of the goal as the Czechs forayed forward.

Jaroslav Silhavy's Czech side then went close in the 37th minute, but de Ligt made a superb last-ditch tackle to deny Antonin Barak at the back post after good buildup play involving Soucek and Lukas Masopust.

The first half ended scoreless, and it was the Netherlands who carved out the second half's first major opportunity in the 52nd minute. Donyell Malen embarked on a fantastic run, driving past multiple Czech defenders. The PSV star tried to dribble around Czech Republic goalkeeper Tomas Vaclik, but Vaclik smothered the ball at Malen's feet to deny a certain goal.

Three minutes later, the game turned on its head when de Ligt was sent off after making an utter mess of what should have been a routine clearance from a long ball. After initially being shown a yellow card, a VAR review upgraded the decision to a red card.

The Czech Republic made their numerical advantage count in the 69th minute when the excellent Holes powered a header into the net at the back post after Tomas Kalas' header back across goal from a free kick.

Holes was also the architect of the Czech Republic's second goal, beating Netherlands captain Georginio Wijnaldum to a loose ball midway inside the Dutch half and driving into the box.

Holes' cut-back found Patrick Schick, who slide a composed first-time finish into the bottom corner from 10 yards to double his country's lead in the 80th minute.

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