The (almost) perfect numbers from Frenkie de Jong's Euro 2020 debut

The Dutch midfielder was brilliant in the 3-2 win over Ukraine on Sunday

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8.6km run. 93 passes completed. Two balls recovered. Two duels won in the air. Five completed dribbles from six.

They're just some of the numbers from Frenkie de Jong's debut in this summer's Euro 2020 for the Netherlands, who beat Ukraine 3-2 in Amsterdam on Sunday.

De Jong was imperious for his country, although he didn't have a huge presence in the final third, where he's improved for Barcelona this season. He didn't manage a shot on goal this time.

Cheered on by 16,000 fans finally able to enjoy their national team live once again, De Jong is one of the most loved and respected players among Dutch supporters.

His position on the pitch is similar to the role he plays at Barça: an interior in a 3-5-2. For the Oranja, he plays alongside two more physical players in De Roon and Wijnaldum.

It was Wijnaldum who starred in the first half. His directness helped them get into the box and create two really good chances.

De Jong seemed to be eclipsed by Wijnadum (a more combative player who only offered 48 passes in the whole games) but the Barça man kept going and maintained the form he's shown for this club.

He was the game's pass master, completing 93 out of 101 for a 92 percent success rate.

After the game, which the Dutch led 2-0 before being hauled back to 2-2 and then finding a late winner, De Jong admitted he feared the worst.

"When Ukraine equalised, I though, is it possible?! But fortunately, Dumfries scored the third. We deserved the victory because we were the better side," he said.

He added that he ended the game a little tired but denied that he had suffered from cramp.

Of all the players called up by coach Frank de Boer, none played more football than De Jong this past season_ 4,492 minutes with Barça.



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