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Weghorst breaks Poland’s hearts with late winner

Ronald Koeman showed great instinct to put the forward from the bench

Wout Weghorst made an immediate impact as a substitute, scoring less than two minutes after entering the match to secure a crucial 2-1 victory for the Netherlands against Poland in their opening game of Group D at Euro 2024.

Poland unexpectedly took the lead in the 16th minute when Adam Buksa headed the ball into the net. The Netherlands responded quickly, equalizing 15 minutes later when Cody Gakpo’s shot deflected past Polish goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny.

The match was competitive, with Poland posing significant challenges, especially in the second half. Despite creating several opportunities, Poland struggled to capitalize in the absence of their star striker Robert Lewandowski, who was out due to injury.

The Dutch substitute Weghorst seized his moment, scoring with practically his first touch of the game, once again showcasing his knack for delivering in crucial moments. Weghorst, who previously made headlines with a dramatic equalizer against Argentina in the 2022 World Cup quarterfinals, proved to be the hero for the Netherlands.

The Netherlands now prepare to face a formidable opponent in France in their next group match, buoyed by their hard-fought victory over Poland.

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