We are halfway through the summer Nations League cycle: The Netherlands has continued the eclatant victory visiting Belgium with an escape in extremis against Wales. After a fun game in Cardiff with an unexpectedly spectacular end, we discuss six points of discussion of this international evening.
How did the Debutant Teze fare? After about three minutes, the PSV defender got in too late, was passed by the fast Daniel James and had to pull the emergency brake. Teze didn‘t exactly make it easy for himself during his first international match. He didn’t fall out of tune in the end, but doesn‘t seem like a serious option at the heart of the defense at the moment, where he has a few absolute world toppers ahead of him.
How did the debutant Schouten fare? The second newcomer was less troubled by stage fright: his first feat after half a minute was a pass in the forward direction. The coordination with the other internationals was not always there, but if the first omens are not deceiving, Schouten is here to stay at the Orange. Maybe it’s worth putting him next to Frenkie de Jong?
Orange A versus Orange B: foursome convinces This Wednesday evening‘s base team had already won the first choice a few times at practice, emphasized national coach Louis van Gaal beforehand. However, the decline after Belgium-out was great. So Schouten has shown himself, Stefan de Vrij and Matthijs de Ligt – if at his favorite position – would not be out of place at the World Cup and Tyrell Malacia is a serious competitor to Daley Blind. But beyond that? Mark Flekken, Hans Hateboer, Teun Koopmeiners, Noa Lang and Cody Gakpo didn’t take their chance and match winner Wout Weghorst seems like a crowbar at first, should Memphis Depay and Steven Bergwijn not get out of it.
And the Netherlands on the lead again! Just after the 1-1 in Wales, Malacia gives in and heads the completely detached Weghorst in the Orange 1-2! #walned pic.twitter.com/x2PUxTVTZs
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Wales grateful opponent Orange got away well with three points in Cardiff. A tie had been an outright disgrace, as Wales had long since found it best after its World Cup qualification on Sunday. What does a possible relegation in the Nations League matter? After halftime, even the third goalkeeper was allowed to perform, while almost all base players were allowed to rest after the grueling playoffs against Ukraine. This same Wales will be coming to De Kuip in six days, for his fifth international match this month: that shouldn‘t be a problem for an Orange in shape either.
The metamorphosis of Mountain Wine It’s really the same player as Tottenham Hotspur, but as soon as Bergwijn puts on an Orange shirt, it becomes a completely different player. Reserve at his club, but a defining player for his country: when he invaded Cardiff, he immediately pulled the game towards him, although Frenkie de Jong got right in. When he finds a club where he can refuel confidence and get rhythm to, great things can happen during the World Cup.
Two played, two more to go: Orange in the lead Two more international matches and the players can enjoy a well-deserved holiday: Saturday Poland will come to Rotterdam, so on Tuesday Wales is the opponent. After two duels, the Netherlands has a perfect score. And since mutual results are decisive in the Nations League, the Orange can lay a solid foundation for group victory in a victory over the Poles. Whether most football followers are awake from that is a second, but the Orange could just take a new shot at honorary metal after his second place in 2019.