A primary-half purpose from Memphis Depay and a second-half brace from Georginio Wijnaldum helped the Netherlands seal a complete 3-0 win over North Macedonia of their remaining group-stage sport of UEFA Euro 2020.
With the win in Amsterdam on Monday, the Oranje march into the knockout stage of the event as group leaders with an ideal document whereas their opponents bow out of the event.
The destiny of each side was already recognized earlier than the sport, with Netherlands having confirmed prime spot and North Macedonia assured a bottom-placed end. With solely delight to play for, Igor Angelovski’s men caught their much-fancied opponents off guard with a fast-paced begin. The guests had a purpose dominated out for offside earlier than placing the submit with a long-range effort.
However, Netherlands quickly settled into their rhythm and took the lead within the 24th minute. Depay exchanged a one-two with Donyell Malen earlier than slotting his strike associate’s return ball into the bottom-left nook.
Having wrested the initiative returned from their opponents, Netherlands doubled their benefit six minutes into the second half. Depay turned supplier for Wijnaldum, taking part in an inviting ball throughout the face of purpose for his captain to faucet into an empty web.
The identical mixture got here good for Netherlands’ third purpose seven minutes later. After Depay’s low strike was parried away by the Macedonian goalkeeper, Wijnaldum was available to smash dwelling the rebound and put his aspect three to the great.
With the win secured, Frank de Boer gave minutes to his bench gamers as his aspect put together to tackle one of many 4 greatest third-place finishers in Budapest on June 27th within the Round of 16.
North Macedonia, in the meantime, exit the event with their heads held excessive after delivering a few respectable performances and have World Cup qualifiers to stay up for in September.
On that observe, listed here are the Netherlands’ player ratings from the sport.
Netherlands player ratings:
Maarten Stekelenburg: 5/10
Although he was crushed twice by objectives that have been later chalked off for offside, the veteran Netherlands’ shot-stopper had little or no to do within the sport. A wise save from a second-half free-kick was his solely main contribution.
Denzel Dumfries: 5/10
One of the celebs of the event to date, Dumfries had an attractive battle with Ezgjan Alioski down the appropriate flank. That was one of many highlights of the primary half, as the PSV man acquired ahead at each alternative.
With one eye on the knockout stage, Dumfries was changed at half-time for Jurrien Timber.
Stefan de Vrij: 5/10
He went about his enterprise on the returned quietly and effectively. De Vrij saved the opposition attackers at bay successfully for 45 minutes earlier than he was changed at half-time.
Matthijs de Ligt: 5/10
The Juventus man continues to play his method returned to full health after lacking the opening sport. De Ligt appeared composed and commanding in the midst of the Dutch returned three.
Daley Blind: 5/10
Playing on the left of a returned three, the skilled defender usually acquired on the ball for Netherlands. Blind introduced the ball ahead in his typical calm and composed style.
Patrick van Aanholt: 5/10
Although he was the extra conservative of the 2 Dutch wing-backs who began the sport, van Aanholt acquired up and down the left flank each time a chance introduced itself. He additionally created a few good possibilities.
Frenkie de Jong: 6/10
He grew into the sport after misplacing a number of passes within the first half and saved issues ticking over properly within the Dutch midfield.
Georginio Wijnaldum: 8/10
Wijnaldum showcasing all of the qualities of the superb box-to-box midfielder he’s. The Netherlands captain not solely defended diligently but additionally bagged a brace, serving to himself to a few tap-ins following late runs into the container.
Ryan Gravenberch: 5/10
One of two adjustments made to the Dutch beginning lineup, the teenager was a sturdy bodily presence within the Dutch midfield. Gravenberch contributed each offensively and defensively.
Memphis Depay: 8/10
A show that will delight followers of each Netherlands and Barcelona alike, Depay celebrated his transfer to the Blaugrana with an eye catching show. He scored the sport’s opening purpose and supplied the help for the second.
In addition to his purpose contributions, Depay led the Dutch line exceedingly properly, showcasing glorious hold-up play and dazzling dribbling prowess.
Donyell Malen: 7/10
Drafted into the beginning lineup as a substitute of Weghorst, Malen struck up an instantaneous partnership with Depay and linked up properly with his strike associate all through the sport.
The PSV ahead grabbed the help for Depay’s opener earlier than slotting him via to arrange his aspect’s third purpose. Malen was changed halfway via the second half after making a great impression throughout his time on the pitch.
Player Ratings of Netherlands substitutes:
Steven Berghuis: 5/10
On for the second half, the Feyenoord winger appeared harmful on a few events. He minimize onto his favorite left foot however was unable to use the of completion.
Jurrien Timber: 5/10
The Ajax defender changed Dumfries at proper wing-back within the second half and delivered a equally attacking efficiency. Timber acquired ahead with nice intent on various events.
Quincy Promes: 4/10
He discovered himself in a few promising positions after approaching halfway via the second half, however his contact let him down on every event.
Wout Weghorst: 5/10
The tall striker got here on within the second half and used his top and physicality to good impact.
Wout Weghorst was unfortunate to not get on the scoresheet. He hit the bar and acquired into good positions on a few events, solely to be missed by a teammate.
Cody Gakpo: 5/10
He got here on for the ultimate ten minutes on his worldwide debut for Netherlands. Gakpo appeared harmful with his tempo and trickery in opposition to North Macedonia.