On Sunday evening, the Puskás Arena witnessed a heroic game that ended with the elimination of the Netherlands from the EURO 2020.
One of the beauties of football is when a team that was previously considered weaker with fewer chances to win ends up causing a considerable surprise. That is precisely what happened on Sunday, on the first day of the EURO 2020’s round of 16. Both games, at least on paper, had their favourite to qualify itself to the next round. Their opponent, however, thought otherwise.
The Puskás Arena of Budapest gave place to the heroic fight between the Netherlands and the Czech Republic. The orange national 11, which previously won all its group stage games with only two goals conceded, arrived at the venue full of strength and hopes.
An enormous crowd of Dutch supporters accompanied their national team to the Hungarian capital,
to make sure the players have all the support they need for the win. As origo.hu wrote, Budapest was practically “occupied” by orange jerseys and red-white-blue flags.
Dutch supporters probably saw the mesmerizing photos and videos of Hungarians marching across the city before their national team played with France, and they decided to do the same. They created an incredible atmosphere with their dancing and singing. Check out this video and how amazing they look, painting the whole picture in orange colour.
Those who had a ticket for the game started their march from the Heroes’ Square towards the stadium. As not everyone can fit into the Puskás Arena, a huge crowd of football fans cheering for the Oranje watched the game in the fan zone of the City Park, behind the Vajdahunyad Castle.
They did not stop, of course, as they reached the stadium. During the whole game, they filled the Puskas Arena with joy and energy.
Unfortunately, this time, their efforts did not pay off, as the Oranje was eliminated in a heroic fight by the strong Czech Republic. Nevertheless, the atmosphere the supporters created, both inside and outside the stadium, is the essence of these tournaments. To have a great time and bring people together.
The Czech Republic, for sure, had a big crowd behind it, as well. Moreover, the national team enjoyed the solidarity and support of numerous
Hungarian football fans who arrived with a big banner to express their condolences for all those who lost a family member in last week’s terrible earthquake in the Czech Republic.
The banner said: We share your pain, we stand by you today, as well!
Not only the supporters of Sunday’s game lit Budapest up. Since we have mentioned Hungarian football fans giving goosebumps to everyone watching them while marching through the city, French supporters did the very same thing.
Source: origo.hu, YouTube.com, MTI