Nations League De Jong started the play and Bergwijn scored the winning goal for the ‘Oranje’
The departure of Ronald Koeman was a hard blow for the Netherlands. Dwight Lodeweges, however, can boast of having started his, for the moment, ‘interim’ with success. The ‘Oranje’ defeated Poland 1-0, without Lewandowski, thanks to a goal from Steven Bergwijn (61 ‘). A victory on the opening day that places him the leader of Group 1 of League A of the Nations League.
Lodeweges, beyond the forced absences in defense of Dumfries, De Ligt and Blind, He barely introduced any news about the ‘typical team’ that, with Koeman, was proclaimed runner-up in the Nations League. Hateboer, Veltman, and Ak entered his place. Instead, he kept the ‘backbone’: Cillessen, Van Dijk, De Roon, Wijnaldum, De Jong and Depay. Van de Beek, a brand new Manchester United signing, started on the bench.
The ‘new Holland’, to tell the truth, did not complete a brilliant match. He mastered the possession of the hand of Frenkie de Jong -Wijnaldum went unnoticed-, but it hardly generated occasions of real danger. So what It featured a Memphis Depay that, acting as a ‘false 9’, was omnipresent in attack.
A deflected shot from Promes in 20 ‘and a save from Cillessen to Piatek in 32’ was the highlight of the first half until Frenkie de Jong hit the post on the last play before the break. The Barcelona midfielder received from Depay, control with his chest and, on the turn, crashed a good shot on the ‘wood’.
The only goal of the match was born from De Jong’s boots in the 61st minute. ‘Frenkie’ served a large ball over Hateboer’s appearance and Hateboer handed Bergwijn the score on a platter. It was, curiously, the first goal for the Tottenham attacker with the Netherlands … and the first assist from the Atalanta winger.
There the party died. Well, rather, at the feet of Frenkie de Jong. The azulgrana was in charge of putting chloroform to the meeting hiding the ball to a Poland devoid of danger without Lewandowski.