The Netherlands is launched. Absent from Euro 2016 and then from the 2018 World Cup, the Oranje found great international competition with a 3-2 victory. It took some time to take shape in the face of resourceful Ukrainians. We can even say that Franck de Boer’s men were scared when they saw their opponents go up two goals ten minutes from time. Denzel Dumfries’ decisive header in the 85th finally rewarded a successful performance from his family.
In addition to the PSV Eindhoven piston, another man burst the screen on the Dutch side, it is captain Georginio Wijnaldum. The midfielder was in all the good shots of his team yesterday. Already very close to scoring (7th, 39th) or getting scored (40th for Dumfries), he was constantly a danger for Ukraine and ended up opening the scoring by being on the lookout for this ball badly repelled by the goalkeeper Bushchan (52nd). He even hit 5 times on goal last night (2 shots on target), a third of his team’s attempts.
5 shots attempted, 2 on target, 1 goal
It’s very simple, the Dutch media, like foreign, gave him the best score in the match with Dumfries. “We actually played well the whole game, but in ten minutes they had two chances and scored twice. Then they regained confidence. You have to learn to kill such a match by being 2-0. This is a point on which we must improve. We kept our faith, but it could have been so different. If the final score had been 2-2, everyone would have been disappointed and angry ”, underlined the future player of PSG after the meeting.
Moreover, the French club and its supporters can rub their hands after such a performance. The 30-year-old has been able to play very high, more than Liverpool in recent months, in this 3-5-2, in main support of Depay and Weghorst. He got used to it with the Netherlands. If he has 23 goals in 76 caps, he especially scored his 15th goal yesterday on his last 26 caps. In addition to being a leader in the field, Wijnaldum knows how to be decisive in the last 30 meters, which is often lacking in the various midfielders at PSG.
A very attacking and decisive midfielder
An observation that could well make Mauricio Pochettino think. He sometimes tried to align Marco Verratti in a more attacking role than usual, with mixed results, the Italian having difficulty in positioning himself against the game. At the start of the school year, the Argentinian coach will have a weapon extra up his sleeve, already causing regrets at Barça, on the verge of signing Wijnaldum. “The Barcelona fans undoubtedly have the feeling that they missed a player who could have brought them great things”, even writes Marca in its columns.