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Netherlands defeats Ukraine in first round of 2020 UEFA Euro Cup

The Netherlands defeated Ukraine 3:2

MOSCOW, June 14. /TASS/. The Netherlands defeated Ukraine 3:2 in the first round of the group stage of the UEFA Euro Cup in Amsterdam on Sunday.

Goals of the winning team were scored by Georginio Wijnaldum (52nd minute), Wout Weghorst (59) and Denzel Dumfries (85). Andrey Yarmolenko (75) and Roman Yaremchuk (79) scored goals for the Ukrainian team.

The stadium in Amsterdam has a capacity of 54,990 people. At the matches of the UEFA Euro Cup, no more than 33% of the spectators of the arena's capacity can be present.

The Ukrainian national team plays in the final part of the European Cup for the third time, the team has never reached the playoffs before. The Dutch team made it to the tournament for the tenth time and is the 1988 European champion. The teams of Ukraine and the Netherlands met for the first time in an official match.

The Netherlands national team scored three points. Austrians, who previously defeated the North Macedonian national team with a score of 3:1 also scored three points.

In the second round, the Dutch team will play with the Austrians in Amsterdam, and the Ukrainians will meet with the national team of North Macedonia in Bucharest. Both games will take place on June 17th.

2020 UEFA Euro Cup

Russia is set to embark on its journey for the UEFA Euro Cup by playing group stage matches against the national teams of Belgium (home on June 12), Finland (home on June 16) and Denmark (away on June 21).

On March 17, 2020, UEFA announced it was postponing the 2020 UEFA Euro Cup for exactly one year as a preventive measure against the ongoing global spread of the novel coronavirus.

The championship was rescheduled to be held between June 11 and July 11, 2021 and Russia’s second-largest city of St. Petersburg was picked. It was among the 12 cities initially proposed in Europe to host the European championship’s matches. St. Petersburg was granted the right to host three group stage matches and one of the quarterfinals of the 2020 UEFA Euro Cup.

However, on April 23, St. Petersburg was granted the right to host three additional matches of the UEFA Euro Cup after Ireland’s Dublin and Spain’s Bilbao pulled out of the organization of the European football championship’s games citing anti-COVID-19 measures.

Following the pullout of Bilbao and Dublin from the list of the championship’s hosting cities, the rescheduled 2020 UEFA Euro Cup is now set to be staged in 11 cities, namely in London, England; Munich, Germany; Rome, Italy; Baku, Azerbaijan; St. Petersburg, Russia; Bucharest, Romania; Amsterdam, The Netherlands; Budapest, Hungary; Glasgow, Scotland; Copenhagen, Denmark; and Seville, Spain.