Nathan Ake shines for the Netherlands

The Euros have almost completed the Matchday One fixtures, and for Nathan Ake, it was the best start.
Poland v Netherlands: Group D - UEFA EURO 2024
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The European Championships are underway, and for Manchester City player Nathan Ake, his and the Netherlands' first fixture got off to the perfect start.

With Man City having 14 names to represent them in this edition of the Euros, fans would be certain of their players making an impact for their nations over the next few weeks.

And the first name to really highlight themself was Nathan Ake, who helped the Netherlands secure a late 2-1 victory over Poland.

The Dutch found themselves rather quickly behind after Poland found the back of the net to get a 1-0 lead, but it didn't take too long for the scoreline to change as Liverpool's Cody Gakpo was helped by an assist from Nathan Ake to level it to 1-1.

Leaving it late but still getting the job done, the Netherlands scored the winning goal in the 83rd minute, coming from Wout Weghorst and another assist from Nathan Ake.

The 29-year-old displayed a really well-done performance for his team and will need to carry on doing so in their next two matches.

The Netherlands currently lead their group, with France and Austria's fixture coming on Monday night. Ake and Netherlands will next play on Friday, where they will meet one of the tournament favourites, France.

The Dutch will require a much better performance than the one produced over Poland; while three points were accumulated, it's no shock that they would need to step it up in many gears when meeting France.


For the other Cityzen players, Rodri was on the side of a 3-0 winning side of Spain, but Josko Gvardiol and Mateo Kovacic were on the losing end of Spain's crashing of Croatia.

For Manuel Akanji, Switzerland were 3-1 winners over Hungary and next meet Scotland, who will be aiming to put on a huge fight against the Swiss after a poor start to the Euros.

Phil Foden, Kyle Walker and John Stones featured in England's 1-0 win over Serbia, but a few criticisms were raised after a nervy display by England in the second half, which they played almost the whole 45 minutes defending against Serbia and just trying to keep their 1-0 lead produced by Jude Bellingham early in the first half.

Six Cityzens are left to start their European Championships journey, with Kevin De Bruyne and Jeremy Doku preparing for an encounter against Slovakia on Monday evening, while Ruben Dias, Silva, Matheus Nunes and Joao Cancelo's Portugal start their campaign on Tuesday.