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Euro 2024: Netherlands v Austria – Line-ups announced for crucial Group D finale

Ralf Rangnick and Ronald Koeman ring the changes for pivotal clash in Berlin

Ronald Koeman

Austria boss Ralf Rangnick and Dutch counterpart Ronald Koeman have rung the changes for their crucial final Group D encounter in Berlin.

State of play in Group D

The Netherlands and France are already through and Austria will almost certainly join them too, barring a heavy defeat by the Dutch and results in other groups going against them.

Those three teams can finish anywhere from first to third – the sides in first and second will face runners-up from other groups in the Round of 16 but the team finishing third will face a group winner, potentially England.

If Austria can spring a surprise at the Olympiastadion they will guarantee a top-two spot, though if France beat Poland in the other encounter they will seal top-spot, even in the event of an Austrian win.

What they said…

“I prefer to finish first but we have to win and France not to, and it’s not very likely for both of those things to happen,” Rangnick admitted.

“I would take second place, third place is too complicated, I looked at it but I gave up because it’s too complicated. The main goal is to get to the last 16 and then after the last few games we’ll see.”

Team news

Rangnick has made four changes to the Austrian side which beat Poland in game two as left-back Alexander Prass, wide-men Romano Schmid and Patrick Wimmer and centre back Max Wober – who scored the own goal in a 1-0 reverse against France in game one – coming in for Baumgartner, Laimer, Mwene and the injured Trauner.

Netherlands boss Koeman has made three changes to the side which started against France as Lutsharel Geertruida comes in for Denzel Dumfries at right-back, Joey Veerman replaces Xavi Simons in midfield, while Jeremie Frimpong gives way for Donyell Malen.

 

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Alex Hoad

Alex has more than 15 years' experience in sports journalism and has reported on multiple Olympics, World Cups and European Championships in additional to Champions League, Europa League and domestic football.

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