International roundup: Netherlands cruise but Frenkie de Jong out of Euros

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Netherlands’ delight pinch an emphatic 4-0 triumph complete Iceland successful their past warm-up lucifer connected Monday earlier heading to nan Euros turned to despair erstwhile it was announced that nan playmaker Frenkie de Jong would not beryllium going to nan tourney successful Germany.

The 27-year-old had been battling to beryllium fresh successful clip aft suffering respective ankle injuries this play playing for Barcelona. De Jong attempted training for nan first clip pinch his teammates connected Sunday, aft a week of individual work, but aft examinations connected Monday doctors said he would not beryllium fresh successful time.

That put a damper connected Dutch spirits contempt nan decisive location triumph complete Iceland successful a friends astatine Feyenoord’s De Kuip stadium. Xavi Simons scored his first extremity for his state to put nan Dutch 1-0 up astatine half-time, earlier Virgil van Dijk sewage connected nan scoresheet and Donyell Malen added nan third. Wout Weghorst netted nan 4th connected nan changeable of afloat clip arsenic nan Dutch hole to look Poland connected Sunday successful Hamburg.

Xavi Simons scores his first extremity for nan Netherlands to put his broadside 1-0 up against Iceland.
Xavi Simons scores his first extremity for nan Netherlands to put his broadside 1-0 up against Iceland. Photograph: Maurice van Steen/EPA

Poland’s Nicola Zalewski scored a 90th-minute victor to snatch a 2-1 triumph complete Turkey successful nan last warm-up lucifer for some sides earlier Euro 2024 but nan location broadside will beryllium worried complete injuries to strikers Karol Swiderski and Robert Lewandowski.

Swiderski opened nan scoring successful nan 12th minute, slipping his changeable nether nan legs of goalkeeper Mert Gunok but arsenic nan guardant celebrated he came down awkwardly connected his ankle and went disconnected injured soon afterwards.

Turkey equalised successful nan 77th infinitesimal pinch 2 substitutes progressive erstwhile Kenan Yildiz passed to Baris Alper Yilmaz connected nan separator of nan area and his changeable went done nan legs of defender Bartosz Salamon and past keeper Wojciech Szczesny.

Both sides had chances to find a victor but it was Poland who extended their unbeaten tally to 8 games erstwhile Zalewski went connected a solo tally into nan area and netted a good extremity successful nan last minute. Turkey are without a triumph successful 5 games.

Poland had already mislaid Arkadiusz Milik to wounded during their 3-1 triumph complete Ukraine connected Friday, pinch nan Juventus guardant past near retired of nan Euro squad, and, aft Swiderski’s injury, head Michal Probierz could person moreover much problems.

The show of talisman Lewandowski going disconnected injured later successful nan first half was nan past point immoderate Polish instrumentality wanted to see, but his wounded whitethorn not beryllium arsenic superior arsenic Swiderski’s.
Poland look nan Netherlands connected Sunday successful their opening crippled astatine nan Euros.

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“Robert has a flimsy wounded but location should beryllium nary problem,” Probierz said aft he became nan Poland head pinch nan astir successful commencement aft 8 games without conclusion since he took complete successful September past year.

The Czech Republic laboured to a 2-1 triumph complete North Macedonia pinch 2 second-half penalties connected Monday successful their last tune-up for Euro 2024 arsenic nan hosts seldom threatened a squad that grounded to suffice for nan tourney successful Germany.

Czech coach Ivan Hasek made 9 changes from nan 7-1 triumph complete Malta connected Friday, fielding a apt starting squad for nan Euros pinch midfielder Tomas Soucek and guardant Patrik Schick. The Czechs struck first connected nan hr erstwhile Schick converted a punishment aft a foul connected Soucek. Isnik Alimi levelled 5 minutes later erstwhile he headed location a rebound disconnected nan station earlier Antonin Barak notched nan winning punishment successful added time.

The Czechs, who will spell to Germany without Michal Sadilek aft nan Twente Enschede midfielder injured himself connected a tricycle astatine nan weekend, commencement their Euro run connected June 18 against Portugal successful Leipzig earlier facing Georgia and Turkey.

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