The Netherlands did not have to force their talent. This Thursday evening, the Dutch won in Poland (0-2), during the fifth day of League A of the League of Nations. At PGE Narodowy in Warsaw, Cody Gakpo opened the scoring (14th), before Steven Bergwijn finally put his people to safety (60th). In the Group 4 standings, Louis van Gaal’s men retain the lead, while Robert Lewandowski’s partners remain third.
The only time Wojciech Szczesny had the ball in his hands was when he went for it deep inside his goal. Because, during these 90 minutes of play, the realism of the Netherlands was perfect, with two shots on target for two goals. The opener came shortly before the first quarter of an hour of play. On his right side, Denzel Dumfries sent a strong cross in front of goal, for Cody Gakpo, who was able to finish at close range (14th, 0- 1).
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A first achievement after an exchange of 21 passes. This is the highest total for a goal for the Netherlands since November 2014. On the hour mark, it was then Steven Bergwijn who was able to stand out. The former Tottenham resident relied on Vincent Janssen for a one-two, before concluding with a low shot (60th, 0-2).
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A goal scored somewhat against the run of play, as the Poles seemed to show a more convincing face on returning from the locker room. The exits of Frenkie de Jong at the break then that of Memphis Depay on injury (52nd) could give them hope. But in this second act, Remko Pasveer, for his first selection at 38 years and 318 days, had no intervention to perform. His only scare came when Arkadiusz Milik was in an ideal position to beat him before missing the inevitable (53rd).
To the dismay of a certain Robert Lewandowski, who often let his frustration show as this meeting was not going the way he wanted. If his compatriots struck six times, he had absolutely nothing to eat. Paradoxically, the Poles were more dangerous in the first act, but neither Piotr Zielinski (9th) nor Nicola Zalewski (37th) put enough conviction in their respective attempts to endanger Pasveer.
The Ajax goalkeeper became the second oldest player to play for the Netherlands after Sander Boschker (39 years, 224 days) in 2010 against Ghana. Above all, he therefore allows his people to maintain their momentum in this League of Nations. To consider the Final Four, it will be necessary not to flinch, this Sunday evening, against Belgium (8:45 p.m.). For a final in this group 4.
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