The Netherlands team did not fail in their visit to Warsaw and will play for the ticket to the final phase of the UEFA Nations League next Sunday with Belgium, after beating Poland 0-2 this Thursday, in a match in which those of Louis van Gaal were clearly superior to his rival.
And that the duel did not take long to get complicated for the Dutch who after six minutes of play saw how the midfielder Teun Koopmeiners had to leave the pitch in a daze after colliding head to head with the Polish Karol Linetty.
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But neither did the whole game plan suffer orange that after twelve minutes of play he was about to get ahead on the scoreboard when Daley Blind arrived in the area, who failed to finish off a sensational pass from Steven Berghuis, the substitute for Koopmeiners
Four minutes later, in the 16th minute, striker Cody Gakpo made it 0-1 by completing a fantastic triangulation between FC Barcelona striker Memphis Depay and Denzel Dumfries.
If Depay was fundamental in the goal for the Netherlands, less prominence was his teammate in the Barça team, the Polish striker Robert Lewandowski, who was unable to prolong his excellent scoring streak in LaLiga.
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In fact, Lewandowski, who arrived at the meeting after scoring eight goals in the last five games of the Spanish championship, barely disturbed goalkeeper Remko Pasveer in the first half, who at almost 39 years old made his debut this Thursday with the Orange.
A gray panorama in attack for the Polish team that changed completely with the entry at the beginning of the second half with the entry of striker Arkadiusz Milik, who had an unbeatable opportunity at 53 minutes to return the tables to the scoreboard.
But the Juventus striker failed to send a magnificent pass from Przemyslaw Frankowski into the net, which made a counterattack initiated by the Napoli player Piotr Zielinski dizzy.
By then the Netherlands were already playing without Memphis Depay who had to leave the match seven minutes into the second half, suffering from muscle discomfort in his left thigh.
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A loss that the Dutch team did not accuse, which in the 60th minute definitively put the contest on track with a goal by Steven Bergwijn, which established the 0-2 by culminating with a powerful and precise cross shot, a nice combination in the area with Vincent Janssen, who he had entered the field of play for the injured Depay.
Result with which the Netherlands seemed to close the contest pending the duel that will measure them next Sunday in Amsterdam with Belgium, whom Louis van Gaal’s men already beat 1-4 last June in Brussels, and in which the Dutch and Belgians will play for the ticket to the final phase of the UEFA Nations League.
The Orange will be the rival of the Ecuadorian team in the Qatar 2022 World Cup. The match, corresponding to group A, is scheduled for Friday, November 25, at 11:00, at the Khalifa International Stadium, in Rayán. (D)