The Dutch national team has booked a victory over Denmark on Saturday evening. Thanks to two Steven Bergwijn goals, a striking header from Nathan Aké and a penalty from Memphis Depay, the Orange squad won 4-2 in the exhibition game. Football zone assesses the basic players of the Dutch national team with a score.
Player Report Orange against Denmark
|Matthijs de Ligt||6|
|Virgil van Dijk||6|
|Frenkie de Jong||7.5|
Mark Fleks: 5
The debuting keeper of Orange looked hesitant at the 1-1 of Denmark. He came out of his goal without conviction after Joakim Maehle’s turning cross and watched helplessly as Jannik Vestergaard headed in. The Fleks playing football, calmly with the ball at his feet, was allowed to credit the ‘front assist’ of the 4-2 with his pass to De Jong, although the midfielder still had many meters to make. In stoppage time, Flek again doubted a Danish cross and a goal was scored, but the goal was disallowed. Shortly before that, he made a good save on a shot from Denmark in the far corner.
Denzel Dumfries: 6.5
Dumfries was perhaps the embodiment of the fierce first half of Orange. The right back gave Denmark no time to build up, while he was also important in the build-up of the Orange, with good pass-ins, conquests and beautiful passing movements under pressure. In the lesser second half, Dumfries could not impress so much. His crosses from the flank, if any, were not accurate enough. The same was true every now and then for the passing of the right back.
Matthijs de Ligt: 6
In the first half, De Ligt dared to play forward at suitable moments. He was unimpressed when Denmark turned up the pressure and easily cleared himself on several occasions. After fifteen minutes, he prevented Yussuf Poulsen from touching the ball with a good defensive intervention. Due to the sagging of Teun Koopmeiners, De Ligt often moved to the right flank, where he seemed a little less in his element. In the second half, the mandekker was passed a few times too easily by the Danes when covering. Halfway through the second half he did deliver a good ball towards Duimfries between the defenders of Denmark; in minute 70 he convincingly put Maehle off the ball. In stoppage time, De Ligt headed away a Danish cross.
Virgil van Dijk: 6
When Denmark equalized in the first half, Van Dijk was far out of position, while with his height he was needed in the goal mouth after Maehle’s cross. Furthermore, the captain of Orange was not to be caught in many mistakes. In the second half, he stood out by putting Pierre-Emile Höjbjerg off the ball at the Orange sixteen-meter line and by mastering Andreas Skov Olsen at the back line of the penalty area. However, he was too easily trumped in injury time by Höjbjerg, who scored at the far post. However, due to a slight push, the hit was cancelled.
Nathan Ake: 5.5
The highlight of Aké’s game was the header that made it 2-1. He ran free after Berghuis’ cross and finished convincingly. Defensively, Aké didn’t always look so confident. After half an hour, for example, his tackle on Jesper Lindström was not decisive enough, although the Orange was not presented with that. In minute 65 Aké had some trouble with the fast Skov Olsen, who thus gave himself a great chance. At other times, Aké looked stronger.
Daley Blind: 5.5
Blind got off to a great start. After fifteen minutes he convincingly won a duel on the sidelines of Alexander Bah; a minute later he sent the measured cross from which Bergwijn opened the score. Blind did not make a strong impression on the two goals against. He tried to provide Jannik Vestergaard with cover prior to the 1-1, but was unable to convince in the header. Also in the run-up to the 3-2 Blind did not look decisive. He let himself be tricked and Andreas Skov Olsen was able to give the cross from which Christian Eriksen scored. In minute 57, Blind handed in the ball to the sideline. The left back is useful in the build-up, but vulnerable as soon as the opponent comes out.
Teun Koopmeiners: 6,5
The midfielder formed a good tandem with De Jong. He stood out in the first ten minutes with useful ball conquests and after 32 minutes had a nice opening towards Blind. After an hour, he launched Depay in the same way. Although Koopmeiners was not the most striking man on the field, he did bring footballing ability to the midfield.
Steven Berghuis: 7
In the opening phase, Berghuis’ actions had varying degrees of success, but then the number 10 of Orange became valuable. He gave an excellent pass that made Ake the 2-1, before earning a penalty that made it 3-1. Moreover, Berghuis combined well with Depay and Dumfries. He himself was close to a goal after reacting alertly to a wrong pass from Thomas Delaney. Berghuis was less prominent in the second half. He took the ball well after a heel by Depay, but failed to score. A moderate shot from long range couldn’t help him with a goal either.
Frenkie de Jong: 7.5
De Jong played a decisive role in midfield. He contributed to the bright start of the Orange squad with beautiful rushes and passing moves with which he misled opponents and created surplus situations. In the second minute he thus offered Depay a shooting opportunity; in minute 28 he prepared an opportunity for Berghuis. De Jong’s most important attack took place in the second half, when he suddenly pressed the accelerator and prepared for the chance from which Bergwijn made the 4-2.
Steven Bergwijn: 7.5
Bergwijn had to provide speed and depth to the Orange squad and proved national coach Louis van Gaal right with two great goals. In the first half he reacted sharply to a cross from Blind, after which he headed in the left corner; after the break he was launched by De Jong, he acted very quickly and he scored convincingly in the right corner. Bergwijn was substituted for Donyell Malen in minute 77.
Memphis Depay: 7
Depay approached Patrick Kluivert, the number three on the top scorers list of Orange, to one goal with a striking penalty kick. That penalty was not used very convincingly, but the keeper of Denmark guessed wrong. Depay brought dynamism to the forefront with tight passes, creative solutions and good individual actions. He gave himself a great opportunity with a nice pass in minute 62. Usually Depay found his teammates easy.