Ex-Devils Triumph: Coach Ralf Rangnick’s Austria Downs Netherlands 3-2, Securing Last-16 Spot with another Man Utd’s star Sabitzer’s Late Goal

Austria Stuns Netherlands with Impressive 3-2 Victory to Top Group D at Euro 2024

Berlin – Austria delivered a standout performance at Euro 2024, defeating the Netherlands 3-2 to clinch the top spot in Group D and advance to the last 16. Under the guidance of coach Ralf Rangnick, Austria’s spirited display against formidable opponents has set the stage for a thrilling knockout phase.

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Facing a challenging group that included the Netherlands and France, Austria defied the odds by winning two out of their three matches, finishing at the summit of the standings. Despite the Netherlands securing their passage to the next round as one of the best third-placed teams, this defeat sees them miss out on the top two positions, with France finishing in second place.

Austria’s victory was well-earned, showcasing their resilience and determination. They seized an early lead just six minutes in when a dangerous cross from Alexander Prass was inadvertently turned in by Dutch forward Donyell Malen. Although Malen had a chance to atone for his error, he squandered his opportunity, allowing Austria to maintain their dominance as the Netherlands struggled to find their rhythm.

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Rangnick’s team continued to press, creating several chances to extend their lead through Marcel Sabitzer and Marko Arnautović. However, the Netherlands came out rejuvenated after the break, and Cody Gakpo leveled the score just 75 seconds into the second half with a beautifully curled shot.

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This equalizer shifted the game’s momentum, and the Dutch appeared poised to capitalize as Virgil van Dijk’s header narrowly missed the target. Yet, Austria weathered this storm and reclaimed their lead when Romano Schmid’s powerful header was deflected into the net by Stefan de Vrij.

The Dutch fought back once more, with Memphis Depay’s close-range volley tying the game after a tense VAR review for a possible handball. But Austria had the final say when Sabitzer broke through the Dutch defense and rifled his shot into the roof of the net, sending the Austrian fans into jubilation.

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Austria’s stunning performance in this match and their overall group stage triumph signal a team to watch as Euro 2024 progresses into the knockout rounds.