Poland v Netherlands: Euro 2024 – live

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37 min After a nice one-touch move, Dumfries’ low cross is cut out at the near post by Salamon.

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36 min This is Poland’s best spell of the game. There are one or two signs of frustrations from the Netherlands, particularly Gakpo, who has had words with the referee on a couple of occasions.

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33 min Replays show that Kiwior’s shot also took a slight deflection off Dumfries, which makes it a slightly better save from Verbruggen.

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32 min A cross from the left is headed out but not away by Van Dijk. Kiwior chests the ball down and cracks a left-footed shot that is well saved by Verbruggen, getting down smartly to his left.

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31 min The Netherlands have played some really smooth, stylish football. Tougher tests to come, I realise.

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Gakpo’s shot took a crucial deflection, but you can’t begrudge the Dutch their equaliser. He received Ake’s pass 35 yards out, just left of centre, and ran straight at the heart of a flagging Polish defence. He got to the edge of the D and drove an impatient low shot that hit a defender, Bednarek possibly, and wrongfooted Szczesny.

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GOAL! Poland 1-1 Netherlands (Gakpo 29)

Cody Gakpo gets a deserved equaliser for the Dutch!

Netherlands’ Cody Gakpo scores their first goal past Poland’s Wojciech Szczesny.Bimmer Photograph: Fabian Bimmer/Reuters
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29 min We’ve just seen a replay of Zielinski’s block in the 25th minute, without which Depay would probably have had an open goal. It was superb defending.

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28 min “You want disappointment?” says Simon McMahon. “I’ll give you disappointment. I’ll see Niall Mullen’s Poland, and raise him a Scotland. Friday night, opening game of the tournament, we’re gonna do it this time, blah blah blah etc etc. 2-0 down after twenty minutes. Ok, let’s regroup at half time, score next. Nope, let’s get a man sent off instead and concede again just before half time. In the end, relieved it was only 5-1. But the cricket will be different, right? No scars, nothing to lose. Fearless. Set alarm for 4am Sunday morning, see how it’s going. Oh. A ten wicket defeat inside ten overs would have felt better. On Father’s Day too. I haven’t felt this bad since Juan Cayasso scored for Costa Rica against Scotland in 1990.”

Hang on, wasn’t that the day you met Mrs McMahon?

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27 min Gakpo’s flat cross is slightly behind Dumfries, who can only head it back across the area. Reijnders gets to it first and his header from a tight angle is well blocked by Bednarek.

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27 min As it stands, the Netherlands are battering Poland 0-1.

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26 min “Van Dijk is hilarious, always shouting after conceding a goal yet his ego never allows him to ask was it perhaps his fault,” says Andrew Hurley. “Why is Frimpong, one of the best players in his position in Europe last season, on the bench? He’s the only Netherlands player one could claim that about…”

Wasn’t Dumfries brilliant at the last World Cup? I assume that’s the reason, although – who knew – I’m no expert.

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25 min Reijnders takes Gakpo’s pass in his stride, surges into the area and slides a low pass that is crucially blocked the sliding Zielinski. It feels like an equaliser is coming.

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23 min Depay’s cross-shot, neither one nor t’other, flashes across the face of goal. The Netherlands have played some really slick football, only to lose composure in the penalty area.

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22 min: Great chance for Depay! The Dutch really should be level. Simons slips as he controls the ball on the edge of the area but it bounces perfectly for Depay, who leathers it over the bar.

Netherlands’ Memphis Depay misses a chance to score as Poland’s Wojciech Szczesny looks on. Photograph: Fabian Bimmer/Reuters
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20 min: Good save by Szcezesny! Schouten’s outswinging corner is met sweetly on the volley by Van Dijk, 15 yards out. The ball kicks up off the pitch and is pushed away to his left by Szczesny.

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18 min “Depay,” says Niall Mullen, “looks like a lad who went to jail aged 17 for being in the wrong place at the wrong time and has come out a decade later with 50 kg more muscle, 100 new tattoos, and a 1000-yard stare that his sweetheart just can’t recognise.”

What have I told you about wasting your weekends watching Prison Break?

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17 min ROBERT WHO.

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It came from a corner on the left, swung in at pace by Zielinski. Buksa ran towards the near post, got up early between two defenders and flicked a fine header across Verbruggen.

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GOAL! Poland 1-0 Netherlands (Buksa 16)

A goal against the run of play!

Great header: Adam Buksa of Poland scores his team’s first goal . Photograph: Joosep Martinson/UEFA/Getty Images
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15 min A bemused Veerman is booked for a foul on Szymanski, as is a bemused Reijnders for dissent.

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14 min Depay, who has the full swagger on, drags the ball stylishly away from Szymanski on the halfway line. The ball is moved across the field to Simons, who drives well wide from 25 yards.

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13 min Poland have their first extended spell of possession, which ends with Szymanski’s shot from the edge of the area being blocked. It wouldn’t have counted because of an offside in the build up.

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10 min At the other end Buksa has a hopeful shot blocked by Van Dijk.

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9 min: Chance for Netherlands! They’re plying some terrific stuff here. Schouten, on the right side of the area, drags a careful low pass to the onrushing Reijnders. He takes the shot first time from the edge of the area but sidefoots wide of the post. At first it looked like a bad miss, but there may have been a deflection.

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9 min Gakpo runs Frankowski to win a corner for the Netherlands. Veerman’s inswinger is headed away by Salamon.

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8 min The Polish centre-back Salamon tries to score from inside his own half. It’s not his brightest idea.

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6 min The Dutch are all over Poland, and their fans are making a cracking noise as well. The front three of Gakpo, Depay and Simons look sharp.

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4 min Gakpo has started very brightly on the left. He cuts inside, plays a give and go with Depay but then miscontrols the ball in the area. A softer first touch would have given him a shooting chance.

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2 min Gakpo collects the ball on the left side of the area, cuts onto his right foot and drives a low shot that is pushed round the near post by Szczesny. Decent save.

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2 min “Total Footie is only part of the story,” says Jeremy Boyce. “They have also provided some sublime moments on the biggest stages (as well as an unerring ability to foot-shoot themselves) : Cruyff’s turn, van Basten’s volley (and his hat-trick v England), van Persie’s flying header, Bergkamp’s genius trap and shoot v Argentina…”

And, as David Lacey reminded us after a particularly brutal game, they also invented the clog.

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1 min Peep peep! Poland kick off from left to right as we watch.

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The Dutch are wearing their blue change strip due to a clash between their usual orange and Poland’s white kit. White the eff.

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“Afternoon Rob,” says Niall Mullen. There’s an argument to say that, in Europe at least, this game is a battle between a country that has the biggest impact on world football relative to its size and one that has really underperformed despite being a populous, football mad nation. Perhaps it’s just because I’m old enough to remember 1982 (and Zbigniew Boniek) but the Poland team are a consistent source of disappointment.”

The Alton Towers of world football.

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A reminder of the teams

Poland (possible 3-4-2-1) Szczesny; Salamon, Bednarek, Kiwior; Frankowski, Zielinski, Romanczuk, Zalewski; Urbanski, S Szymanski; Buksa.
Substitutes: Skorupski, Bulka, Dawidowicz, Walukiewicz, Piotrowski, Swiderski, Moder, Lewandowski, Grosicki, Puchacz, D Szymanski, Bereszynski, Slisz, Skoras.

Netherlands (possible 4-2-3-1) Verbruggen; Dumfries, De Vrij, Van Dijk, Ake; Schouten, Veerman; Simons, Reijnders, Gakpo; Depay.
Substitutes: Bijlow, Flekken, Geertruida, De Ligt, Wijnaldum, Weghorst, Frimpong, Van de Ven, Blind, Malen, Maatsen, Zirkzee, Bergwijn, Gravenberch.

Referee Artur Soares Dias (Portugal).

Vegans look away please: Polish fan throws down the challenge of “Kielbasa (sausage) better than Gouda”. Photograph: John MacDougall/AFP/Getty Images
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Here come the players, all with their gamefaces carefully applied. The format – 16 of the 24 teams qualify for the knockout stages – takes a bit of pressure off the first game, but you’d still rather hit the tournament running. Obviously.

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The Dutch XI includes players from Liverpool, PSV Eindhoven, Brighton, Manchester City, Inter Milan, AC Milan and Paris Saint-Germain – but not from Ajax, who had such a desperate domestic season. The only Ajax players in the squad, Brian Brobbey and Steven Bergwijn, are on the bench.

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Poland and the Netherlands have never played each other at a major tournament, although they have had plenty of meetings in qualification or the Nations League. Poland haven’t beaten the Netherlands since a Euros qualifier in May 1979.

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The Dutch coach Ronald Koeman has happy memories of Hamburg, having been part of the Dutch team that beat West Germany in the semi-final of Euro 88. Here he is celebrating that victory in traditional style.

After the Netherlands’ win in the semi-finals of the 1988 Euros against the Germans, Ronald KOEMAN went on to pretend to wipe his ass with the jersey of German footballer Olaf Thon in front of the German crowd #Class pic.twitter.com/ikc2SWSj7v

— Old School Panini (@OldSchoolPanini) September 5, 2019

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Fifty years!

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Team news: Lewandowski out

Poland captain Robert Lewandowski misses the game with a muscle injury. Technically he’s among the substitutes but I don’t think he has any chance of getting on. The exciting teenager Kacper Urbanski starts in an attacking line-up.

Ronald Koeman has chosen Brighton’s Bart Verbruggen in goal ahead of Brentford’s Mark Flekken, while Inter’s Stefan de Vrij is preferred to some more celebrated central defenders.

Poland (possible 3-4-2-1) Szczesny; Salamon, Bednarek, Kiwior; Frankowski, Zielinski, Romanczuk, Zalewski; Urbanski, S Szymanski; Buksa.
Substitutes: Skorupski, Bulka, Dawidowicz, Walukiewicz, Piotrowski, Swiderski, Moder, Lewandowski, Grosicki, Puchacz, D Szymanski, Bereszynski, Slisz, Skoras.

Netherlands (possible 4-2-3-1) Verbruggen; Dumfries, De Vrij, Van Dijk, Ake; Schouten, Veerman; Simons, Reijnders, Gakpo; Depay.
Substitutes: Bijlow, Flekken, Geertruida, De Ligt, Wijnaldum, Weghorst, Frimpong, Van de Ven, Blind, Malen, Maatsen, Zirkzee, Bergwijn, Gravenberch.

Referee Artur Soares Dias (Portugal).

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Netherlands team guide

Ronald Koeman is aware his side must play better in Germany to go far. “We really know that we need to improve in a number of areas to compete with the other top countries,” he said after qualification was secured. “It is clear that football can and must be improved.”

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Poland team guide

Supporters are not deluding themselves thinking that Poland will qualify from the “group of death” that also features France, the Netherlands and Austria. Expectations are very low but that has often worked well in the past with Polish players. Probierz has repeatedly said that this is no time for a revolution. He has a safety-first approach with a 3-5-2 system and it is not difficult to predict who will start the opener against the Dutch.

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Ben Fisher’s preview

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Man with axe shot by police

In the past hour there has been a major incident at the Reeperbahn, where Dutch fans were gathering before the game. A man was shot after threatening police with an axe and an “incendiary device”; he has been taken to hospital and the Reeperbahn has been closed to fans.

You can get the latest on our Euro 2024 news blog.

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Preamble

When a major tournament takes place in Germany, the Netherlands usually make an impression. They wowed the world with Total Football in 1974, won the European Championship in 1988 and participated lustily in the Battle of Nuremberg in 2006.

This year’s squad isn’t quite on a par with those three, and the Netherlands aren’t among the favourites to win Euro 2024. They still have plenty of quality, and a nice mix of experience and youth, but the absence of Frenkie de Jong and Teun Koopmeiners through injury has left them light in midfield.

The Netherlands qualified fairly comfortably despite losing home and away to France. Poland went the distance, beating Wales on penalties after a goalless playoff in Cardiff. Apart from Euro 2016, when they were a penalty shootout away from reaching the semi-finals, Poland have tended to disappoint at recent tournaments. But they also have happy historical memories of Germany: they finished third in the 1974 World Cup.

Kick off 2pm.

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