Just as in Cardiff, the devil was in the tail and the orange won a tie in injury time. This time from the staff place after Roman referee Fesnic was apparently penalized by Tyrell Malacia in a normal duel. Gareth Bale did the job quietly, but as in Wales, the Orange team showed Houdini’s representation. From the start it was 3-2 with a goal from Memphis Depay.
When forming the squad, Van Gaal adhered to the substitutions he used during this international period, and so the team generally appeared at the start of the match, which also played the first leg against Wales.
The amazing newcomer
There have been some changes compared to the Cardiff game. Jasper Cillessen, who should have passed against Poland last Saturday, defended the goal this time, while Bruno Martins Indy now plays as the far left defender in the three-man group. Matisse de Ligt, who was wearing the captain’s armband, was pivotal in defence, and a starting point for Frenkie de Jong in midfield. The fact that the Barcelona midfielder is the only international to have secured a starting place three times in this international match shows how important he is to the Orange in Van Gaal’s eyes.
The most striking newcomer to the Orange squad was striker Vincent Janssen, who has returned to the Dutch national team after nearly five years. The striker, whom Royal Antwerp is keenly looking forward to, joined after his wedding in the United States at the beginning of the week and was impressed by the training ground.
cut and transform
Jansen wasn’t too happy in the end against Wales because of the few chances he got, but he proved his worth as a point of contact. The striker showed that it is almost impossible to get off the ball and usually has good continuity. Van Gaal was looking for a striker with these qualities in his selection for the World Cup, the national coach previously indicated.
The Mexican Monterrey striker immediately received the assist by passing the ball to Noua Lang, who made 1-0 with a beautiful individual action in the 17th minute. Cutting and turning the former Ajax player was too much for the Welsh defenders. The first goal in Orange was for Club Brugge, who wants to take a step up this summer and aspires to Milan, among others.
Noah Lang celebrates 1-0 with Cody Jaco.
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Moments later, it was 2-0 after a good push from PSV Eindhoven’s Cody Jaco, who luckily got the ball back through a Welsh defender, then finished off quietly. The second orange goal of the Eindhoven resident, who was emphatically present as the number 10 behind the attacking duo Jansen-Lange.
For the so-called B-Choice players, who, despite the victory in Cardiff, did not make an unforgettable impression there, also dominated the De Kuip match by establishing themselves with the aim of choosing the World Cup.
Cody Gakbo is happy after winning 2-0.
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Not evening tees
Where Gakpo, Lang and, for example, Tyrell Malacia also succeeded so lively, it wasn’t this evening again at Jordan Teze. The PSV Eindhoven player unnecessarily went for a walk with the ball just after 2-0, the ball was cleared by two Welshmen and thus initiated a quick counter-attack, which Brennan Johnson completed.
Teze hasn’t been able to deliver a convincing business card this international period and doesn’t seem to have done a good job in terms of picking the World Cup. So it was a sign on the wall that Tease had to make way for Stephane de Vree on the break. Hans Hateboer also had to clean the field. For him, Denzel Dumfries came to the team. With these two in the team, the defense was better, although Wales occasionally ran out dangerously through a lightning-quick Johnson.
Van Gaal replied
Aside from Tees’ fault, it was worrisome that the orange was unable to keep a clean sheet against Wales for the sixth game in a row. In this respect, Van Gaal’s 3-4-3 or 3-4-1-2 system (so far) has not provided more defensive safety, which has always been an important driver of switching to a three-core system. Since the introduction of the new gameplay, Orange have conceded nine goals in six international matches. In the World Cup qualifiers, when the Dutch national team was still in its prime with the classic 4-3-3 system, the number of goals against them in seven international matches was only four.
As the score was only 2-1 after 69 minutes, Wales gloated about their chance of scoring, just as in the previous game against the Belgians (1-1 due to a late goal). National team coach Rob Page brought in his superstar Gareth Bale, giving the Welsh team something extra. Van Gaal immediately responded by bringing Memphis Depay and Stephen Bergwijn to Janssen and Lang.
The guests had a good chance of a tie through Harry Wilson, while Jacpo on the other side saw a shot crack. Partly due to the new forces at the front, Orange was able to seize the lead once again in the final stage. However, it still appears to be going wrong at the hands of arbiter Fesnic, but that doesn’t count against the provocative Depay, who has once again proven his great value to the buff. Memphis now has 42 goals with the Orange team, as is Klaas-Jan Huntelaar.
Because of the victory, the Dutch national team is still top of the group with ten points from four matches, and Belgium is second with seven points from three matches with a 1-0 victory over Poland, while Poland and Wales are already in good shape. behind.
Belgium wins in Poland
Belgium temporarily concluded the Nations League with a victory over Poland. In Warsaw, the score was 1-0 to form the Spanish national coach Roberto Martinez.
Belgium took the lead after just over fifteen minutes. Michy Batshuayi scored a goal after preparatory work for Yuri Tillmans. Belgium is still three points behind the Dutch national team. The League of Nations will resume after the summer.
Martinez was satisfied with the win. “We showed that we learned lessons from our previous performance. We had a good response and did what it took to silence the home fans here at this beautiful stadium. It went well, and we still have a chance to win the group.”
Compared to the previous match, the Belgians changed their basic style in seven positions. Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku also missed this match due to injury.
Orange continues the excellent performance in the outdated Kuip
The Dutch national team continues to perform excellently at De Kuip, a stadium which according to Louis van Gaal is too old to meet the demands of its players and staff. The Orange team beat Wales (3-2) on Tuesday and remained undefeated in Rotterdam for the 30th consecutive time.
The last defeat of the Netherlands in De Koep dates back to October 11, 2000, when Portugal were very strong 2-0. This was followed by a streak of 24 victories and six draws. And the Orange team played a draw with Poland (2-2) in Rotterdam on Saturday. Prior to that, she had won nineteen consecutive times in the main port of Feyenoord. The good results of the Netherlands in De Kuip are somewhat distorted because the KNVB has had the most duels with the major nations that have played at the Johan Cruyff Arena in recent years.
Van Gaal was highly critical of the facilities in De Koy after the draw with Poland. “It’s all old junk,” the national coach said of the current state of the changing rooms, toilets and catacombs at the stadium. The national coach is very happy with the grass on the field. “The best field in the Netherlands is here,” he said.
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