One of the traditional heavyweights of international football are appearing at their first major tournament for seven years after failing to qualify for both Euro 2016 and the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
The Oranje – European champions in 1988 – are eager for redemption after a dark period in their football history, but the pressure is on head coach Frank de Boer to continue the impressive recovery work done by predecessor Ronald Koeman.
Ukraine went unbeaten in qualifying, conceding just four goals and topping a group that also included Portugal, but have struggled somewhat since then with a poor Nations League campaign followed by three successive draws to start 2022 World Cup qualifying.
Much of the build-up to their third successive European Championship appearance has been dominated by controversy regarding the design of their kit, which was met by outrage in Russia.
Follow Netherlands vs Ukraine at Euro 2020 LIVE with Standard Sport’s dedicated blog below!
Netherlands v Ukraine prediction
While there may be doubts over Frank de Boer’s 5-3-2 formation, the Dutch should have enough quality to get off the mark with a win tonight.
How to watch Netherlands vs Ukraine
TV channel: Tonight’s match will be televised live on ITV for free.
Live stream: UK viewers will also be able to watch the match online via the ITV Hub.
Date, time and venue
Netherlands vs Ukraine is scheduled for an 8pm BST kick-off tonight – Sunday, June 13, 2021.
The match will be held at the Amsterdam ArenA (Johan Cruijff ArenA).
Welcome to Netherlands vs Ukraine LIVE coverage
Hello and a very warm welcome to Standard Sport’s latest LIVE coverage of Euro 2020!
Tonight our focus is on events at Amsterdam’s Johan Cruyff Arena, where the Netherlands kick off their first major tournament appearance for seven years against Ukraine in Group C.
The Oranje will be hoping to make up for lost time at this tournament, while Ukraine have become embroiled in a political controversy over their kit in the days leading up to the opener.
Stay tuned for all the latest build-up, team news and live updates!