After Ukraine came back from 2-0 down in a Group C thriller in Amsterdam, Denzel Dumfries headed a thrilling late goal to give the Netherlands victory.
After an unimpressive start to his tenure as Oranje manager, Frank de Boer is looking to utilize Euro 2020 to show fans that he is the perfect man to lead the team into a prosperous new era.
Georginio Wijnaldum, who scored eight times in qualifying, pounced from inside the box before Wout Weghorst’s precise finish doubled the advantage for De Boer.
But Andriy Yarmolenko’s magnificent 25-yard dipping finish earned Ukraine a point, and four minutes later, Roman Yaremchuk headed the equalizer to quiet the Dutch crowd.
However, after replacement Nathan Ake’s cross in the 85th minute, Dumfries’ brilliant header gave the Netherlands victory in their return to the major event stage after a seven-year absence.
On Thursday, both countries are back in play. At 14:00 BST, Ukraine takes on North Macedonia in Bucharest, while the Netherlands hosts Austria at 20:00 BST in Amsterdam.