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Weghorst returns from World Cup clash with Messi and lifts Netherlands to beat Poland at Euro 2024
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Weghorst returns from World Cup clash with Messi and lifts Netherlands to beat Poland at Euro 2024

2024-06-17 00:55 Last Updated At:01:01

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Being barked at by Lionel Messi in a testy post-game exchange that became a viral meme was a strange way for Wout Weghorst to leave the 2022 World Cup after his goals had set up an epic quarterfinal drama.

The Netherlands forward's return to major tournament action Sunday was a happy event — again scoring late off the bench and this time decisively in a 2-1 win over Poland to begin a European Championship group that includes title favorite France.

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A fan of the Dutch soccer team poses for photos prior to a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — Being barked at by Lionel Messi in a testy post-game exchange that became a viral meme was a strange way for Wout Weghorst to leave the 2022 World Cup after his goals had set up an epic quarterfinal drama.

Cody Gakpo of the Netherlands, centre, scores his side's equalizing goal during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Cody Gakpo of the Netherlands, centre, scores his side's equalizing goal during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Cody Gakpo of the Netherlands scores his side's equalizing goal during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Cody Gakpo of the Netherlands scores his side's equalizing goal during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Poland's Adam Buksa, left, reacts after a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Poland's Adam Buksa, left, reacts after a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Poland players react during the Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Poland players react during the Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Wout Weghorst of the Netherlands, left, celebrates his side's second goal with his team mates during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (Jens Buettner/dpa via AP)

Wout Weghorst of the Netherlands, left, celebrates his side's second goal with his team mates during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (Jens Buettner/dpa via AP)

Wout Weghorst of the Netherlands, left, scores his side's second goal with his team mates during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Wout Weghorst of the Netherlands, left, scores his side's second goal with his team mates during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Wout Weghorst of the Netherlands applauds after a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (Sina Schuldt/dpa via AP)

Wout Weghorst of the Netherlands applauds after a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (Sina Schuldt/dpa via AP)

Netherlands' head coach Ronald Koeman celebrates after Wout Weghorst of the Netherlands scored during the Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Netherlands' head coach Ronald Koeman celebrates after Wout Weghorst of the Netherlands scored during the Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Police cordon off an area near the Reeperbahn in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. German police say officers have shot and wounded a man who was threatening them with an axe and a firebomb in the northern city of Hamburg, hours before the city hosts a match in the Euro 2024 soccer tournament. (Bodo Marks/dpa via AP)

Police cordon off an area near the Reeperbahn in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. German police say officers have shot and wounded a man who was threatening them with an axe and a firebomb in the northern city of Hamburg, hours before the city hosts a match in the Euro 2024 soccer tournament. (Bodo Marks/dpa via AP)

Cody Gakpo of the Netherlands celebrates scoring his side's first goal during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Cody Gakpo of the Netherlands celebrates scoring his side's first goal during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Cody Gakpo of the Netherlands scores his side's first goal during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Cody Gakpo of the Netherlands scores his side's first goal during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Poland's Jakub Moder, left, and Xavi Simons of the Netherlands lie on the pitch after challenging for the ball during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Poland's Jakub Moder, left, and Xavi Simons of the Netherlands lie on the pitch after challenging for the ball during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Poland's Robert Lewandowski applauds prior to a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (Sina Schuldt/dpa via AP)

Poland's Robert Lewandowski applauds prior to a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (Sina Schuldt/dpa via AP)

Poland fans light flares as they cheer at the stand during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Poland fans light flares as they cheer at the stand during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Netherlands fans cheer for their team prior to the Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Netherlands fans cheer for their team prior to the Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Netherlands fans walk to the stadium for the Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (Bodo Marks/dpa via AP)

Netherlands fans walk to the stadium for the Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (Bodo Marks/dpa via AP)

Netherlands' head coach Ronald Koeman reacts during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Netherlands' head coach Ronald Koeman reacts during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Poland's goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny makes a save during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Poland's goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny makes a save during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Poland's Adam Buksa, left and Virgil van Dijk of the Netherlands challenge for the ball during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Poland's Adam Buksa, left and Virgil van Dijk of the Netherlands challenge for the ball during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Poland's goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny makes a save during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Poland's goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny makes a save during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Poland's Adam Buksa, third left, scores his side's opening goal during the Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Poland's Adam Buksa, third left, scores his side's opening goal during the Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Poland's Adam Buksa, background left, celebrates his side's opening goal during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Poland's Adam Buksa, background left, celebrates his side's opening goal during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Netherlands players celebrate after Cody Gakpo of the Netherlands, second right, scored his side's opening goal during the Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Netherlands players celebrate after Cody Gakpo of the Netherlands, second right, scored his side's opening goal during the Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Cody Gakpo of the Netherlands scores his side's first goal during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (Sina Schuldt/dpa via AP)

Cody Gakpo of the Netherlands scores his side's first goal during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (Sina Schuldt/dpa via AP)

Wout Weghorst of the Netherlands, right, celebrates his side's second goal with his team mates during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Wout Weghorst of the Netherlands, right, celebrates his side's second goal with his team mates during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

The imposing striker struck with a low left-foot shot in the 83rd minute with his first touch after coming on to replace Memphis Depay, who had missed several shooting chances as the Dutch appeared sure to waste a winning opportunity.

Weghorst might not look the most elegant player, but his reputation for being effective was earned at the World Cup in Qatar 18 months ago.

His two late goals against Argentina — the second from an uber-cute, free-kick routine in the 11th minute of stoppage time — sent a memorable quarterfinal into extra time at 2-2 against the eventual champion.

Weghorst and Messi were among 15 players shown yellow cards by the time it was all over on the field. Then they carried it on deep inside the stadium.

This time, Weghorst's goal was worth a win that puts some pressure on France, which already beat the Dutch twice in qualifying last year and plays Austria on Monday.

“I said it this morning to my girlfriend: ‘Scores level, 0-0, 1-1, 20 minutes to go.’ It was a bit later. But you feel it and visualize it for yourself," Weghorst told Dutch broadcaster NOS.

Poland was forced to cope without its injured star Robert Lewandowski but soon found a goal from his replacement who matured in Major League Soccer.

Adam Buksa used all his 1.91 meter (6-foot-3) height — a bit shorter than Weghorst at 1.97 meters — when circled by four Dutch defenders at a 16th-minute corner to guide a header into the net. Buksa had 2 ½ prolific years with New England Revolution until returning in 2022 to join French club Lens.

Cody Gakpo leveled in the 29th with a shot that was deflected and deceived goalkeeper Wojciech Szczęsny. It was fair reward for a vibrant first half for the Dutch who ended the game with 21 attempts on goal.

Gakpo is a fast starter at major tournaments. He scored in all three group-stage games at the World Cup that led the Netherlands to a clash with Argentina. That day in Doha, Weghorst also replaced Depay when he came on in the 78th.

A reliable option for the Dutch, former Manchester United forward Weghorst now has four goals in five national-team games this year and he scored three more in the Euro 2024 qualifying group — compared to the seven goals he scored for his German club Hoffenheim this season.

The Netherlands win was preserved by goalkeeper Bart Verbruggen with key late saves from substitute Karol Świderski and, with the last touch of the game, a long-range shot by Nicola Zalewski.

Lewandowski sat out the game to rest a leg muscle injury and is targeting Poland’s second game, against Austria on Friday.

The Dutch will play France on Friday, also getting a full day’s more rest than its next opponent.

About 50,000 Dutch fans made the short trip to Hamburg and there was a shooting incident involving police before the game in the downtown St. Pauli district near where many had gathered. It did not seem related to the soccer.

Police said they shot and injured a man who was threatening them with an ax and a Molotov cocktail.

AP Euro 2024: https://apnews.com/hub/euro-2024

A fan of the Dutch soccer team poses for photos prior to a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

A fan of the Dutch soccer team poses for photos prior to a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Cody Gakpo of the Netherlands, centre, scores his side's equalizing goal during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Cody Gakpo of the Netherlands, centre, scores his side's equalizing goal during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Cody Gakpo of the Netherlands scores his side's equalizing goal during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Cody Gakpo of the Netherlands scores his side's equalizing goal during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Poland's Adam Buksa, left, reacts after a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Poland's Adam Buksa, left, reacts after a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Poland players react during the Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Poland players react during the Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Wout Weghorst of the Netherlands, left, celebrates his side's second goal with his team mates during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (Jens Buettner/dpa via AP)

Wout Weghorst of the Netherlands, left, celebrates his side's second goal with his team mates during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (Jens Buettner/dpa via AP)

Wout Weghorst of the Netherlands, left, scores his side's second goal with his team mates during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Wout Weghorst of the Netherlands, left, scores his side's second goal with his team mates during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Wout Weghorst of the Netherlands applauds after a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (Sina Schuldt/dpa via AP)

Wout Weghorst of the Netherlands applauds after a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (Sina Schuldt/dpa via AP)

Netherlands' head coach Ronald Koeman celebrates after Wout Weghorst of the Netherlands scored during the Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Netherlands' head coach Ronald Koeman celebrates after Wout Weghorst of the Netherlands scored during the Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Police cordon off an area near the Reeperbahn in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. German police say officers have shot and wounded a man who was threatening them with an axe and a firebomb in the northern city of Hamburg, hours before the city hosts a match in the Euro 2024 soccer tournament. (Bodo Marks/dpa via AP)

Police cordon off an area near the Reeperbahn in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. German police say officers have shot and wounded a man who was threatening them with an axe and a firebomb in the northern city of Hamburg, hours before the city hosts a match in the Euro 2024 soccer tournament. (Bodo Marks/dpa via AP)

Cody Gakpo of the Netherlands celebrates scoring his side's first goal during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Cody Gakpo of the Netherlands celebrates scoring his side's first goal during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Cody Gakpo of the Netherlands scores his side's first goal during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Cody Gakpo of the Netherlands scores his side's first goal during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Poland's Jakub Moder, left, and Xavi Simons of the Netherlands lie on the pitch after challenging for the ball during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Poland's Jakub Moder, left, and Xavi Simons of the Netherlands lie on the pitch after challenging for the ball during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Poland's Robert Lewandowski applauds prior to a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (Sina Schuldt/dpa via AP)

Poland's Robert Lewandowski applauds prior to a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (Sina Schuldt/dpa via AP)

Poland fans light flares as they cheer at the stand during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Poland fans light flares as they cheer at the stand during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Netherlands fans cheer for their team prior to the Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Netherlands fans cheer for their team prior to the Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Netherlands fans walk to the stadium for the Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (Bodo Marks/dpa via AP)

Netherlands fans walk to the stadium for the Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (Bodo Marks/dpa via AP)

Netherlands' head coach Ronald Koeman reacts during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Netherlands' head coach Ronald Koeman reacts during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba)

Poland's goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny makes a save during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Poland's goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny makes a save during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Poland's Adam Buksa, left and Virgil van Dijk of the Netherlands challenge for the ball during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Poland's Adam Buksa, left and Virgil van Dijk of the Netherlands challenge for the ball during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Poland's goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny makes a save during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Poland's goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny makes a save during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Poland's Adam Buksa, third left, scores his side's opening goal during the Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Poland's Adam Buksa, third left, scores his side's opening goal during the Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Poland's Adam Buksa, background left, celebrates his side's opening goal during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Poland's Adam Buksa, background left, celebrates his side's opening goal during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Netherlands players celebrate after Cody Gakpo of the Netherlands, second right, scored his side's opening goal during the Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Netherlands players celebrate after Cody Gakpo of the Netherlands, second right, scored his side's opening goal during the Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

Cody Gakpo of the Netherlands scores his side's first goal during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (Sina Schuldt/dpa via AP)

Cody Gakpo of the Netherlands scores his side's first goal during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (Sina Schuldt/dpa via AP)

Wout Weghorst of the Netherlands, right, celebrates his side's second goal with his team mates during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

Wout Weghorst of the Netherlands, right, celebrates his side's second goal with his team mates during a Group D match between Poland and the Netherlands at the Euro 2024 soccer tournament in Hamburg, Germany, Sunday, June 16, 2024. (AP Photo/Petr Josek)

MONTPELIER, Vt. (AP) — Vermont is seeking an assessment to determine whether last week’s flooding, which damaged homes, knocked down bridges and washed out roads, qualifies for a federal disaster declaration and aid.

The flooding from the remnants of Hurricane Beryl happened a year after the state experienced catastrophic flooding that left some victims still awaiting home buyouts or repairs.

“We know this storm has done tremendous damage in many communities, and those impacted will need help to recover," Gov. Phil Scott said in a statement Saturday. “That’s why it’s so critical for Vermonters to report their damage to help us demonstrate the need for these federal resources.”

Two people were killed by the flooding, including a motorist in Lyndonville and a man who was riding an all-terrain-vehicle in Peacham, authorities said.

Some of the hardest-hit riverside communities were Barre, Hardwick, Lyndonville, Moretown and Plainfield, but the estimated $15 million in damage to roads and other public infrastructure was more widespread. Damage assessments will be done in eight of Vermont's fourteen counties. A public assistance disaster declaration would provide 75% reimbursement to communities for responding to and repairing public infrastructure damaged by the storm, the governor said.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency must verify at least $1.1 million in response and public infrastructure recovery costs for the state to qualify for a major disaster declaration, according to Scott. For counties to qualify, they must show damages of $4.60 per capita, Scott's office said.

An individual assistance declaration would give some financial assistance to homeowners and renters for property losses. They are encouraged to report property losses by calling 211 or visiting www.vermont211.org.

Signs are displayed outside the town hall, Sunday, July 14, 2024, in Plainfield, Vt., a community that had some of the worst damage in last week's flooding. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)

Signs are displayed outside the town hall, Sunday, July 14, 2024, in Plainfield, Vt., a community that had some of the worst damage in last week's flooding. (AP Photo/Lisa Rathke)

FILE - The remains of an eight unit apartment building that locals call the Heartbreak Hotel are in Plainfield, Vermont, on July 12, 2024, after flood waters and debris caused by the aftermath of Hurricane Beryl pulled several of the apartments into the Great Brook waterway. Vermont is seeking a federal assessment to determine whether last week’s flooding, which damaged homes, knocked out bridges and washed out roads, qualifies for a federal disaster declaration and aid. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey, file)

FILE - The remains of an eight unit apartment building that locals call the Heartbreak Hotel are in Plainfield, Vermont, on July 12, 2024, after flood waters and debris caused by the aftermath of Hurricane Beryl pulled several of the apartments into the Great Brook waterway. Vermont is seeking a federal assessment to determine whether last week’s flooding, which damaged homes, knocked out bridges and washed out roads, qualifies for a federal disaster declaration and aid. (AP Photo/Ted Shaffrey, file)

FILE - An overwhelmed residents surveys the damage following flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Beryl, July 11, 2024, in Plainfield, Vt. Vermont is seeking a federal assessment to determine whether last week’s flooding, which damaged homes, knocked out bridges and washed out roads, qualifies for a federal disaster declaration and aid. (AP Photo/Dmitry Belyakov, file)

FILE - An overwhelmed residents surveys the damage following flooding caused by the remnants of Hurricane Beryl, July 11, 2024, in Plainfield, Vt. Vermont is seeking a federal assessment to determine whether last week’s flooding, which damaged homes, knocked out bridges and washed out roads, qualifies for a federal disaster declaration and aid. (AP Photo/Dmitry Belyakov, file)

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