Player Report: De Jong again excel, twice 7.5 and also three inadequate

The Dutch team can focus on Sunday‘s eighth finals, after a mandatory number against North Macedonia: Orange was able to try out a different system in the second half and won 3-0 thanks to Memphis Depay and Georginio Wijnaldum with 3-0 of the opponent already taken out. Football Primeur will issue report figures after the last pool game of this European Championship.
Maarten Stekelenburg โ€” 6: This race is not a measure of Stekelenburg. He was passed by Ivan Trickovski and Darko Churlinov, who turned out to be offside, and was also lucky when Aleksandar Trajkovski hit the pole. Furthermore, he had to act alone after a hard free kick by Enis Bardhi.
Denzel Dumfries โ€” 6: It can’
t be every game party. Oranje‘s 1-0 was the first Dutch EK goal that Dumfries was not directly involved in. It could have happened after half an hour, but Stole Dimitrievski prevented a three out of three for Dumfries. The PSV captain played more dosed than in previous matches, with Leeds United running wonder Ezgjan Alioski as a worthy opponent. After one half he was able to save strength for the knockout phase.
Stefan de Vrij โ€” 6.5: Another right-wing central defender instead of the central man, however William of Hanegem would have liked it differently. Sober, but pretty much everything he could do well: both defensive and positional and at the ball. His race was over after 45 minutes, but it goes without saying that De Vrij is undisputed in this Orange.
Matthijs de Ligt โ€” 6: He had to stop the waving Goran Pandev and went with striker deep in his own half. And that cunning fox had outsmart him a few times, leading to threats from one of the other North Macedonians. However, if he had to cover the back, De Lit did well. He was also dangerous in offensive terms, but Juventus’
s powerhouse was unlucky that Trickovski took his header off the line.
Daley Blind โ€” 6.5: Early in the game, he let Trickovski run out of his back. The subsequent goal of the North Macedonians was rejected, so they forgive Blind. In the remainder of the race, he showed how important he is to Orange with his forward passes.
Patrick van Aanholt โ€” 5.5: Of course it wasn‘t all his fault, but if North Macedonia became dangerous, it happened quite often through its flank. He also regularly engaged offensive, with varying success. Because competitor Owen Wijndal did not take his chance in the preparation, the Bosschenaar suddenly is the fixed left back of Orange. However, he is not the most reliable link of the team.
Frenkie de Jong โ€” 8: No pass purity of one hundred percent, but the best star of Netherlands-Austria proved again what kind of football player he is. The highlight of the evening: his through ball after an hour of play, which gave Wijnaldum almost a pure hattrick.
Georginio Wijnaldum โ€” 7,5: He doesn’
t have to prove himself in Orange for a long time and did not fully pressed the accelerator pedal. Shortly after rest, he was able to award his sober game with the second and third goals of the early evening. And then he suddenly was one of the top scorers of the tournament, along with Cristiano Ronaldo and Patrik Schick.
Ryan Gravenberch โ€” 5: Even his greatest admirer Rafael van der Vaart was disappointed. Gravenberch has a top season at Ajax and was allowed to be in base as a teenager during an EK contest. However, the young midfielder was particularly unhappy in his actions.
Donyell Malen โ€” 7: Of course, not all of his actions were equally successful. But Malen replenished Memphis well and proved that he has an important weapon that his competitor Weghorst doesn‘t have: speed and depth. Good for a nice assist, after a handsome gear, and a nice front assist: it is very likely that we will see the PSV striker in base on Sunday, unless Frank de Boer would rather use Weghorst as a wallbeam.
Memphis Depay โ€” 7.5: Obviously a burden fell off his shoulders when his first field goal was in. Memphis was looking for this and was able to choose his moments peacefully again. He did that shortly after rest when he initiated both goals of Wijnaldum: again worth gold for the Orange.
Invaders Jurriรซn Timber โ€” 5.5: Came at rest within the lines for De Vrij. Against Ukraine, he did it properly as a central defender, and this time the new twenties served the right back. Unlike Dumfries, Timber did not deal with Alioski very often, partly because of the system change of Orange. Shortly after his entrance, the game finally fell into the slot.
Steven Berghuis โ€” 6.5: Also fell during the rest, as a replacement for Dumfries. The eager Feyenoord captain finally saw his favorite position released again, was regularly sought by his teammatesand quickly unpacked with a tight front assist at Wijnaldum’
s 2-0. He probably doesn‘t have to count on a base spot, but Berghuis did run for competitions in which the Orange has to change offensively.
Quincy Promes โ€” 5: Should make his EK debut at the start of the last quarter, as a replacement of Malen. The much-talked but multifunctional Spartak Moscow attacker ended up on the left flank. There he couldn’
t leave his mark on the long decided game. In fact, he failed in the last minute to initiate the 4-0.
Wout Weghorst โ€” 5: Finished Memphis at the same time, knowing that rival Malen had left a good impression. The fact that he crossed the bar at his first opportunity is not in favour of Weghorst.
Cody Gakpo โ€” x: Finished De Jong just before, but the Orange debutant played too short for a review.
National coach Frank de Boer โ€” 6.5: Three pool games, nine points, eight goals for, two goals against. The often criticised coach has guided the Orange through the pool phase without any problems and seems to have found his ideal setup anyway. It is also commendable that De Boer awarded a few reserves their EK debut. He gets the benefit of the doubt for the time being, but it remains to wait for the national coach for the first real test as well.