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De Boer makes a vow after Netherlands’ dramatic Euro 2020 opener

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Netherlands manager Frank de Boer breathed a sigh of relief after his side survived an intense match against Ukraine.

Frank de Boer has vowed ‘to do everything’ to ensure the Netherlands don’t give away another big lead after Sunday’s Euro 2020 opener.

The 1988 European champions kick-started their Group C campaign with a thrilling 3-2 win over Ukraine in Amsterdam. Georginio Wijnaldum and Wout Weghorst gave them a two-goal lead in the second half. But Andriy Yarmolenko and Roman Yaremchuk responded to draw the visitors back on level terms. Denzel Dumfries’ maiden international goal, though, salvaged a crucial three points for the Dutch.

But while the PSV Eindhoven star’s late winner spared De Boer’s blushes, the Netherlands boss is determined to not concede such a big lead again.

“I saw a Dutch team that played very balanced and dominant,” said De Boer as per Goal. “We can be proud.

“We analyze such games almost to the death. We want to do everything we can to ensure that something like this [comeback] doesn’t happen again.”

The Netherlands will next face Austria, who defeated North Macedonia 3-1 on Sunday, in Amsterdam on June 17.