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Euro 2020: MAC vs NED Preview

By Parameswaran Sankaranarayanan June 21, 2021

Netherlands (NED) takes on North Macedonia (MAC) in an inconsequential fixture in Group C. The Oranje has guaranteed the top spot in the group and will be eyeing a hat-trick of wins. Meanwhile, Goran Pandev-led Macedonia impressed the neutrals in Euro 2020 after gritty performances against Austria and Ukraine. They will be hoping to end their maiden European Championship campaign on a high.

Frank de Boer, the Netherlands head coach, has hinted field a full-strength team for the final group stage match. However, 19-year-old Ryan Gravenberch and PSV Eindhoven’s Donyell Malen, who picked up an assist against Austria, are likely to be drafted into the playing eleven.

It will be an emotional evening for Pandev as he will play his last international match. The 37-year-old, who had made his debut in 2001, netted North Macedonia’s first-ever goal in Euros and became the second oldest-goalscorer in the tournament’s history in the process.

Group C Standings

Team PL W D L GS GC GD Pts
Netherlands 2 2 0 0 5 2 3 6
Ukraine 2 1 0 1 4 4 0 3
Austria 2 1 0 1 3 3 0 3
North Macedonia 2 0 0 2 2 5 -3 0


Played: 4
MAC won: 0
NED won: 2
Drawn: 2

Top Five Fantasy Points scorers (last match)

MAC: S Dimitrievski (14 pts), E Alioski (11 pts), E Elmas (3.5 pts), E Bardhi (3.5 pts), A Ademi (3 pts)

NED: D Dumfries (13.5 pts), M Depay (11 pts), D Blind (9.5 pts), M De Ligt (9 pts), S De Vrij (9 pts)

Euro 2020 Stats

Top Goalscorer: MAC – G Pandev, E Alioski (1 goal); NED – D Dumfries (2 goals)

Most Assists: MAC – none; NED – D Malen, N Ake (1 assist)

Most Passes Completed: MAC – D Velkovski (76 passes); NED – F de Jong (142 passes)

Most Successful Tackles: MAC – D Velkovski, S Ristovski (2 tackles); NED – F de Jong (4 tackles)

Shots Saved: MAC – Dimitrievski (11 saves); NED – M Stekelenburg (4 saves)


MAC: none

NED: none

Playing 11

MAC (possible): S Dimitrievski; S Ristovski, D Velkovski, V Musliu, B Nikolov; A Ademi, E Alioski, E Bardhi, S Spirovski; G Pandev, E Elmas

NED (possible): M Stekelenburg; D Dumfries, M De Ligt, S De Vrij, D Blind, P Van Aanholt; F de Jong, R Gravenberch, G Wijnaldum; M Depay, D Malen


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