Orange on report: seven unsatisfactory after defeat against France

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Orange on report: seven unsatisfactory after defeat against France

The Dutch national team was relegated by France on Friday evening. VoetbalPrimeur hands out report marks to the Orange after the 4-0 penalty at the start of the European Championship qualification in Paris.

Jasper Cillessen – 4.5: He must have imagined his return to the Orange a little differently. Especially with the 2-0, the NEC keeper was completely wrong. He made a good save on a header from Konaté, but the damage was already done.

Jurriën Timber – 5: Together with teammate Berghuis, he was still at the basis of the first successful Orange attack, but the Orange defense was often cheese with holes. Timber lost a few times and did not always pay attention to runs from his direct opponents.

Lutsharel Geertruida – 6: At the ball, Geertruida initially showed that he plays with confidence, but defensively the debutant was soon left to his fate. He had a somewhat unfortunate role with two goals. In the duels he did not just let himself be fooled by Kylian Mbappé. That went even better than Timber. His injury will worry Feyenoord.

Virgil van Dijk – 5: The captain and leader of Orange let the punishment come over him freely, it seemed. Exactly what Marco van Basten has charged him more than once. He could have done more for young teammates like Geertruida and Timber.

Nathan Aké – 6: With an excellent intervention, the left back prevented Kingsley Coman from making it 3-0 after fifteen minutes. As one of the few Orange players, he did not let himself be led to the slaughter like a lamb.

Marten de Roon – 4: Not only Taylor was outclassed in midfield, De Roon also underperformed. The controller is supposed to always have an eye for the organization, but he lost a French attacker more than once. Antoine Griezmann had a great time.

Kenneth Taylor – 3.5: Partly because Mats Wieffer was not underarm fresh, the choice fell on Taylor to replace Frenkie de Jong. The Ajax player immediately started badly. He was trumped at the fast 1-0 and in a promising position a pass to Memphis was not good. At the French level he was not up to the task and after half an hour he was put out of his misery.

Georginio Wijnaldum – 5.5: Koeman is back and Wijnaldum is also back. He was close to the tying goal after 18 minutes, but mowed over the ball. The attacking midfielder had a good action not much later, ending with a shot on goal. He lacks rhythm, but at times Wijnaldum showed that he does know what is required at this level.

Steven Berghuis – 5: A few times Berghuis showed some nice things. It was just far too little, as was the case for the whole of Orange. As a right winger, he turned out to have trouble as soon as the pace went up. Grinding brought a little more threat.

Memphis Depay – 5: Memphis is automatically looked at in the top duels, but the Atlético attacker hardly gave home. Admittedly, it’s not easy for a striker in such a game, but Memphis was sometimes invisible, often sloppy and didn’t really come into play. His missed penalty completely fitted into the picture of the evening.

Xavi Simons – 6.5: Not great conditions for a basic debut, but nineteen-year-old Simons was the fiercest defender against French supremacy. As an attacking midfielder, he increasingly interfered with the game. A performance that says something about himself, but also about his teammates.

Wout Weghorst – 5.5: Weghorst immediately set the tone by delivering a solid beech. The striker dragged and added some energy, but there was no honor for him tonight either.
Daley Blind – x: Played in his hundredth international match too short for an assessment.
Davy Klaassen – x: Played too short for an assessment.
Donyell Malen – x: Played too short for a rating.
Tyrell Malacia – x: Played too short for a rating.

Ronald Koeman – 4.5: Already after eight minutes, the Orange faced a 2-0 deficit and all plans could go into the trash. The choice of Taylor and De Roon as inspectors turned out very badly. Ronald Koeman soon started repair work, Timber and Geertruida switched positions and Weghorst quickly came in for Taylor, but it was all to no avail. Was it naive to want to play 4-3-3 with so many absentees?

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