Netherlands-Romania, Austria-Türkiye… Tuesday’s match schedule

Netherlands-Romania, Austria-Türkiye… Tuesday’s match schedule
Netherlands-Romania, Austria-Türkiye… Tuesday’s match schedule

► Romania-Netherlands, at 6 p.m.

The Netherlands will be favourites on Tuesday 2nd July for the first match of the day, against Turkey at 6pm (live on BeIN Sport). The Oranje will try to reconnect with a long-gone past, that of the years 1988-2004, when they had become accustomed to squatting in the last four of Europe (four times out of five).

The Oranje have not been in the continental top eight for sixteen years. In 2021, the end of the road appeared in the round of 16, an early exit that Ronald Koeman fears to repeat. The performance of his players is so far insufficient: a victory against Poland (2-1) after being behind, a sad draw against the French (0-0) and a logical defeat against Austria (3-2).

Fortunately for the Netherlands, their next opponents in Munich, Romania, finished the group stage with an identical haul (four points) and not much more momentum. “We know that we will have to play a match close to perfection to get a good result,” summed up coach Edward Iordanescu.

► Austria-Türkiye, at 9 p.m.

In Leipzig at 9 p.m. (live on TF1), the last match of the quarter-finals will pit Turkey and its passionate supporters against a strong and united Austrian team.

“Turkey will play with passion, we also have to come with our energy and heart,” proclaimed the coach, the Austrian Ralf Rangnick, defending a football “the collective aspect, transitions, pressing, intensity and passes”.

His team came out on top of Group D, that of the Blues. “We have passed the first stage. Now that we are in the knockout phase, we can see far, we have the qualities to beat anyone,” supported attacking midfielder Marcel Sabitzer.

The Borussia Dortmund player was not there in March, but that did not stop his teammates from thrashing Turkey (6-1) in a friendly. “It was a humiliating defeat, especially for me who had never suffered such a big score as a player or a coach,” said Vincenzo Montella, the coach of Turkey who dreams of revenge.

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