With a victory in their pocket, the Dutch team goes towards the European Championships. The flow-off match against Georgia ended in FC Twente‘s stadium in 3-0. The Netherlands started very moderately, but became more loose in the second half.
The duel with Georgia was the last chance in the Netherlands to win the trust of the constituents towards the European Championships. It criticized 5-3-2 from football coach Frank de Boer, after the match against Scotland, but not tossed against Georgia. De Boer held his formation with two new names. Daley Blind and Maarten Stekelenburg returned to the base. Stekelenburg last held in November 2016, Blind was injured by his ankle in March.
As against Scotland, the game of the Netherlands against Georgia was not good. In fact, it was all hands on deck for the Netherlands, which already took a chance from Georgia after one minute. Orange came early on from Memphis Depay through an exploited penalty kick. The 1-0, however, faked a lot. The game of the Netherlands was particularly messy and at times even bad, while Georgia, the number 91 of the world rankings, had serious opportunities to hurt the Netherlands. The opportunities given to De Boer’s team were not cashed.
Even after rest, the Netherlands quickly scored a goal. On Memphis’s report, Wout Weghorst shot into the 2-0. The striker of VfL Wolfsburg had never scored for the Netherlands, the discharge was clearly visible. The wider lead allowed the Netherlands to take more risks and as a result it looked more florissane, although it was not really convincing for a moment. That had something to do with the missed opportunities. Memphis got another one, just like the sunken Donyell Malen. Ryan Gravenberch finally set the final score at 3-0, which gave the victory a little shine. Also for him was his first Orange goal.
The practice is over for the Netherlands. In exactly seven days the team of De Boer will play the first match at the European Championships against Ukraine. Afterwards, confrontations with Austria and Northern Macedonia await.