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Good afternoon and welcome to our stay weblog of the fifth sport in Euro 2024, by which the always-watchable Netherlands tackle the always-okayish Poland. For a number of years the Polish group has been summed up, maybe not completely pretty, as Robert Lewandowski plus ten different guys.

But I’m afraid to say that on this event, it’s simply 11 guys. The nice man, now 35, has gone within the hamstring and won’t play right now. Indeed, there’s suggestion that he’ll miss the entire group phases, though supervisor Michal Probierz has sounded an optimistic observe by suggesting “Robert will probably join the team for the match against Austria. There is progress in his treatment. The medical staff are doing everything to get him back on his feet.” No doubt.

The Dutch have damage woes of their very own forward of this group D match in Hamburg: Barcelona’s good Frenkie de Jong (ankle) pulled out of the Euros squad late and Atalanta midfielder Teun Koopmeiners (groin) will even not be seen in motion on the Volksparkstadion.

That however, Ronald Koeman reckons that his lads are in with an honest shout this time. “In my opinion, there is not a big favourite. Maybe the French team a little bit more than the rest because they have a lot of experience, they have won already big tournaments. But I think it will be an open fight between different nations. And one of them is Holland.”

Obviously an enormous blow to lose de Jong, a real expertise, however they’ve referred to as up Bologna ahead Joshua Zirkzee and Borussia Dortmund wing-back Ian Maatsen. Zirkzee was at Disney World in Florida when he received the decision! Perhaps he can sprinkle some Disney magic on proceedings: the Poles actually want some towards this opponent. Poland haven’t overwhelmed the Netherlands in 12 makes an attempt, it’s important to return to 1980 for a overcome the Dutchers. The sides haven’t met at a event earlier than.

Poland, sorry to say, are usually making up the numbers on the Euros, they’ve certified for the final 5 renewals together with this one however they’ve solely received two of 12 group video games.

Three occasions out of 4 they’ve completed backside of their group. With mighty France additionally in group D you’d think about that they want one thing right here and one thing towards Austria to snap that streak. As for the Netherlands, they appear much less mercurial than Dutch sides of previous however they nonetheless have a raft of high quality gamers at prime continental golf equipment, led after all by Virgil van Dijk of Liverpool, Nathan Age of Man City, Matthijs de Ligt of the much-loved German megacorp Brian Munchen and the beautifully named Denzel Dumfries of Internazionale.