Orange plays a draw against Poland after a missed penalty Memphis in the final phase | NOW

The Dutch national team was left with a point on Saturday from an exciting Nations League match with Poland. The team of national coach Louis van Gaal fought back from a 0-2 deficit in De Kuip, but due to a missed penalty by Memphis Depay in the final phase it remained 2-2.

The Orange squad played a mediocre first half and fell behind after eighteen minutes by a goal from Polish defender Matthew Cash (0-1). Two minutes later it even became 0-2, because the offside trap at the Netherlands failed. Piotr Zielinski pushed in.

In the five minutes that followed, the Orange already corrected a lot. Davy Klaassen scored the 1-2 in the 51st minute and three minutes later Denzel Dumfries made it 2-2.

The rest of the game was very exciting. The Orange had chances to win, especially when the ball went on the penalty spot in extra time after a hand-held game by a Polish player. From eleven meters Memphis shot at the post and it remained 2-2.

Despite the loss of points, the Orange remains the leader in group 4 of Division A of the Nations League. The other match in the group was Wales against Belgium and there the final score was 1-1.

On Tuesday, the Orange squad will play its last game of this international match and then the opponent will be in De Kuip Wales. The last two rounds are scheduled for September.

Standings group 4 Division A

  • 1. Netherlands 3-7 (+4)
  • 2. Belgium 3-4 (+2)
  • 3. Poland 3-4 (-4)
  • 4. Wales 3-1 (-2)

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Orange looks powerless at times for rest

After the ‘B line-up’ in Cardiff against Wales, Van Gaal opted for his strongest formation again on Saturday in De Kuip against Poland, although Mark Freken replaced the slightly injured Jasper Cillessen on goal. Many players were spared in Poland, including star player Robert Lewandowski, who was sitting in the stands.

Orange was initially stronger against the weakened Poland, but the team did not convince. On a pass from Memphis Depay, Klaassen shot past in the seventh minute and moments later Jurriën Timber encountered Polish goalkeeper Lukasz Skorupski.

On the other hand, it was in the eighteenth minute at the first chance for Poland. Rising right-back Cash suddenly struck out with Daley Blind in front of him and knocked out Flek with a low and diagonal shot into the far corner (0-1).

The goal was a major setback for the Orange, which disappointed in the remainder of the first half. Van Gaal’s team had more ball possession, but failed to break through the compact Polish squad. After 37 minutes, Timber finally had room to take it out, but the defender’s shot went wide.

Poland cheers after Matthew Cash’s 0-1.


Poland cheers after Matthew Cash's 0-1.

Poland cheers after Matthew Cash’s 0-1.

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Three goals just after the break

Because of the deficit and the poor game, the Orange had to put things right after the break, but at the start of the second half things went wrong again. Przemyslaw Frankowski escaped offside in the 49th minute and while the Dutch players looked on helplessly, he put wide on the following Zielinski. The experienced Zielinski then tapped in (1-1).

It seemed to be a painful evening for the Orange, but five minutes later it was level again. In the 51st minute Klaassen shot in a cross from Blind, after Memphis headed through (1-2). Two minutes later, Memphis was again in charge and the ball came somewhat fortunately at the feet of Dumfries, who shot in hard (2-2).

It turned out to be an exciting match in an atmospheric ambiance, partly due to the thousands of Polish fans in the stands. The question was whether there would be another winner. Blind missed a good shooting opportunity after 68 minutes and five minutes later Flek saved an attempt by Krychowiak.

Davy Klaassen made the 1-2.


Davy Klaassen made the 1-2.

Davy Klaassen made the 1-2.

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Orange gets penalty after VAR intervention

Hoping to force more Van Gaal 15 minutes before the end Weghorst as pinchitter. There was also a final offensive with opportunities for the Orange, but also numerous disturbances and opportunities for Poland.

In the first minute of extra time, there still seemed to be a victory for the Orange squad, because Cash made hands with a chance by Memphis and the Netherlands got a penalty after intervention by the VAR.

Memphis went behind the ball for his 42nd international goal, but it failed to materialize. The striker shot on the outside of the post, causing the Orange to lose points for the first time in this Nations League.

Memphis Depay’s missed penalty.


Memphis Depay's missed penalty.

Memphis Depay’s missed penalty.

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