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Late Wout Weghorst goal gives Dutch 2-1 win over Poland in Euro 2024 | Football News – Times of India



NEW DELHI: Wout Weghorst, a substitute striker, scored the winning goal with his first touch, giving the Netherlands a well-deserved 2-1 comeback victory against Poland in their Group D opener at the European Championship in Hamburg on Sunday.
The goal came in the 83rd minute when Weghorst slid in to convert Nathan Ake‘s perfectly placed pass into the area, sending the Dutch fans at the Volksparkstadion into a frenzy.
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“So important to get the early win and for me personally it’s a dream scenario,” the 31-year-old said of his 12th goal for the Netherlands.
“I saw it coming and I felt the goal coming. Our aim now is to leave with the trophy,” Weghorst was quoted as saying by Reuters.

Poland took a surprise lead in the 16th minute when Adam Buksa, filling in for the injured Robert Lewandowski, rose above three defenders to flick home a corner from stand-in captain Piotr Zielinski.
The Dutch equalized in the 29th minute through Cody Gakpo’s low shot from outside the area, which took a deflection off defender Bartosz Salamon before beating Wojciech Szczesny.
The Dutch squandered numerous chances throughout the match, with Tijjani Reijnders, Memphis Depay, Gakpo, and Virgil van Dijk all failing to convert opportunities in the first half.
In the second half, Denzel Dumfries saw his header saved by Szczesny, and Xavi Simons shot wide on a break before Weghorst’s decisive goal.
Dutch coach Ronald Koeman will be relieved to have started the tournament with a win, especially with challenging matches against Austria and France still to come in Group D.
For Polish coach Michal Probierz, the result was disappointing despite his team’s strong defensive performance, and it ended his eight-match unbeaten run with the national side.

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