The Dutch team won its first victory during the Louis van Gaal III era. Montenegro was put aside 4-0, giving the team refueling confidence for Turkey next Tuesday. Football First puts five conclusions in a row.
Malacia runs smoothly with Tyrell Malacia was preferred on the left back over Nathan Aké, with Daley Blind sitting in the stand with a suspension. Nerves didnt seem to bother the left-back. He played the way he does at Feyenoord this season: defending a pitbull, offensive frivolous. Throughout the game, he was able to catch one mistake, which almost initiated the equalizer immediately. That was saved to the Feyenoorder. Of course, a match against Montenegro is not a big measure, but his Orange debut was more than good.
Berghuis and Gakpo revanch Steven Berghuis seemed to have even more pressure on his shoulders in the first twenty minutes than against Norway. Halfway through the first half, he threw away the trepidation and resembles the player he was in his best Feyenoord time. With threats and actions inward, he created danger and created creativity. Cody Gakpo, in turn, did the same and made his first international goal in his third country. That he did this in his hometown Eindhoven completes the story for the PSV man.
Lack of creativity remains an issue Rafael van der Vaart said during the rest that the Orange misses a number ten à la Rafael van der Vaart. The Dutch team does not have a stitch ball attacking midfielder, which made it look a lot like knitwear at times. Montenegro was able to oppose fairly simple for half a long time. Who is the perfect person for the vacancy out of ten? Van Gaal has two days of reflection time on how hes going to solve this. Admittedly: Davy Klaassen was much more involved in the attack game compared to last Wednesday. He regularly surged in the sixteen and his header on the bar deserved a better fate.
Defense looks shaky at times Malacia, Stefan de Vrij and Matthijs de Ligt: all three delivered the ball once ready at striker Stefan Mugosa. Fortunately for the Netherlands, the Montenegrin was sloppy with its chances, because the race could have looked so different. Is the sharpness missing, or is the head crowded with all the information Van Gaal has given the players? We dont know, but against the Turkish vanguard, you should not try this again.
On Tuesday, do or die Norway won from Latvia (0-2) and Turkey did what it had to do against Gibraltar (0-3). If the Netherlands wants to keep group wins in its own hands, the Turks have to be won on Tuesday. In that case, the Orange climbs over Turkey and with a target balance of plus eight in Norwegians, the Netherlands is almost certainly in place one in the group. The road to Qatar is at your fingertips. On the other hand, if there is no winning in Amsterdam, World Cup qualification is a lot further away…
(Lars Teunissen/Football First)