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UPDATED: Netherlands beat Romania 3-0 to achieve Euro 2024 final eight

The Netherlands swept into their first European Championship quarter-final since 2008 as Donyell Malen scored twice in a 3-0 win over Romania within the final 16 on Tuesday.

Cody Gakpo gave the Dutch an early lead however they had been unable to transform strain into a vital second aim till the Liverpool ahead arrange Malen with seven minutes remaining in Munich.

Romania had been gritty however out-classed, missing the standard to punish their opponents’ profligacy earlier than Malen added his second on the counter in stoppage-time.

The victory put the Oranje on target for a quarter-final conflict with Turkey or Austria, who beat the Netherlands in 3-2 within the group stage.

“We played a good game. I’m very pleased. Especially after the last game we needed a reaction and today was a good step in the right direction,” Gakpo stated.

“We talked lots concerning the aggression, the depth and defending like a group. It was step.

“Sacrifice something for each other and work really hard to be at your best. Good game overall.”

Ronald Koeman’s facet might want to enhance their effectiveness in entrance of aim ought to they want to emulate their supervisor, who was a participant for the Dutch after they received the 1988 Euros on German soil.

Prior to the sport, Netherlands’ captain Virgil van Dijk stated his facet lacked power and the “will to win” within the loss to Austria.

But the Dutch had been nonetheless surprisingly flat within the early levels regardless of Van Dijk’s rallying cry.

 

– Gakpo sparks Oranje surge –

Group E winners Romania, whose 3-0 victory over Ukraine of their opening recreation, was simply their second ever win within the Euros, pinned the Dutch again early.

Romania went shut when Dennis Man latched onto an outstanding diagonal ball from Nicolae Stanciu, however the Parma winger blasted over.

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The Dutch broke Romania’s momentum shortly after when Gakpo bought on the tip of a sweeping transfer to open the scoring on 20 minutes.

Jerdy Schouten sliced an ideal, lengthy go by the midfield to Xavi Simons, who discovered Gakpo on the left flank.

Gakpo eluded Andrei Ratiu and appeared to catch goalkeeper Florin Nita off-guard, blasting in on the close to submit.

The aim ignited a interval of Dutch dominance, Stefan de Vrij heading inches broad 5 minutes later.

The Netherlands wasted an ideal probability to double their lead with half-time approaching when Denzel Dumfries picked Bogdan Racovitan’s pocket and located Simons, who bought snarled and didn’t get an honest shot away.

Koeman’s group squandered an array of alternatives early within the second half.

Memphis Depay and van Dijk went agonisingly shut earlier than Gakpo’s second was dominated out by VAR for offside.

With each missed probability, the nerves within the Dutch camp appeared to develop, however Romania lacked the standard to actually punish them.

Gakpo, probably the most spectacular man in orange, took issues into his personal fingers with seven minutes remaining, dribbling by a crowded penalty space and discovering Malen who tapped residence.

“We work very hard with each other to do our best and I’m happy I could assist Donnie with his goal today,” Gakpo stated.

With Romania launching a remaining assault, Malen broke by on the counter and slid the ball into the aim within the fourth minute of stoppage-time to seal the victory.

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