The Dutch national team lost its second game in the Nations League. After the 1-0 victory over Poland, the Dutch Team faced a fresh and powerful Italy in Amsterdam: 0-1.
Italy is known to be a wait-and-see team, but Azzurri, who had been turned white, immediately took control in the Johan Cruijff Arena and didn’t give up. With the agile Ciro Immobile, Lorenzo Insigne and Nicolò Barella in the front, the rising back Leonardo Spinazzola and in the back the indestructible Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci the team was lord and master.
After a not very exciting first quarter it rained chances for Italy. Barella, Nicolò Zaniolo, Immobile and Insigne searched for the goal, but didn’t shoot with focus.
The Netherlands, where Donny van de Beek stood in the base instead of Steven Bergwijn, only had one chance at halftime. A shot by Georginio Wijnaldum from the edge of the penalty area, however, lacked precision and strength and was an easy prey for goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.
Barella head hit
The Dutch Team seemed to make it 0-0 at half time, but in injury time the inevitable happened: after a nice combination, Immobile gave up the ball to Barella, who headed 1-0 convincingly.
National coach Lodeweges did not intervene in the break and for a moment the Netherlands seemed to be overrun again, because within a few minutes there were Italian chances for Immobile and Insigne.
After ten minutes it was finally a flashy attack from the Dutch side. Via Memphis Depay and Wijnaldum, the ball reached Donny van de Beek, but his shot went over via Donnarumma. It turned out there was still life in the Dutch Team and Depay also took the Italian goal under fire.
Moments later Van de Beek was replaced by Steven Bergwijn and also Denzel Dumfries – who was missing against Poland because he became a father – joined the team for the injured Hans Hateboer.
In the course of the second half, Italy’s drive declined and Azzurri, old-fashioned, seemed to be satisfied with the 1-0. The Netherlands did try to bite off, but created little.
Further than a header by substitute Luuk de Jong and an acrobatic cover-up by Depay, the Dutch didn’t get any further, while Italy was still close to 2-0 through Moise Keane.
Well into injury time, Depay received a yellow card, which suspended the attacker for the upcoming Nations League game against Bosnia-Herzegovina on 11 October.
Check out the reactions of captain Virgil van Dijk, national coach Dwight Lodeweges, Marten de Roon, Memphis Depay and Hans Hateboer.