The man of the match was not Stefan de Vrij or...

Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 22:43


The Dutch national team has remized 1-1 against Italy in the group stage of the Nations League on Wednesday evening. After the opening goal of Lorenzo Pellegrini, Donny van de Beek ensured that the Orange took another point. Football zone assesses the basic players of the Dutch national team with a report mark.

Player report Orange against Italy

Jasper Cillessen 8,5
Hans Hateboer 3
Stefan de Vrij 8
Virgil van Dijk 7
Nathan Aké 6
Daley Blind 7
Donny van de Beek 6
Frenkie de Jong 7,5
Georginio Wijnaldum 4
Luuk de Jong 5
Memphis Depay 4

Figures Orange

Jasper Cillessen: 8.5
Perhaps the best player on the side of Orange was the goalkeeper. Cillessen saved a hard shot from Ciro Immobile in the first half, kept Leonardo Spinazzola with his feet out of the short corner and dove to the ground for a distance attempt by Danilo D’Amrbosio; after the break, he came out of his goal to defuse a Spinazzola cross. The highlight for Cillessen was his rescue in a one-on-one situation with Immobile, after a mistake by Hateboer. In injury time, he thoughtfully got out of his goal to keep Moise Kean off the ball.

Hans Hateboer: 3
He was back in the stadium of his club Atalanta, but Hateboer did not look familiar. It was the man of the right back, Lorenzo Pellegrini, who gave Italy the lead after fifteen minutes. The right back realized too late that Pellegrini was free and was therefore unable to intervene. “I don’t know what he’s doing there. He’s not defending. This is Hateboer’s fault,” said Rafael van der Vaart at the break of the match. In the second half, Hateboer choked on a pass from midfield, causing Ciro Immobile to suddenly appear face to face with Cillessen. To the relief of the defender, the goalkeeper saved.


Stefan de Vrij: 8
In the relative invisibility De Vrij played an excellent match. When he made a slide or attempted to intercept the ball in midfield, he was almost always successful. The same was true for the duels in the back, such as when he prevented Immobile from heading fifteen minutes before the end. Furthermore, nobody captured the ball more for the Orange than the stopper of Internazionale: eight times. De Vrij’s role in the 1-0 is nevertheless debatable. Together with Hateboer, he left a gap for Pellegrini, who therefore opened the score. It is true that the winger of Italy was Hateboer’s man, but De Vrij could have coached his teammate better; now he just watched.

Virgil van Dijk: 7
Van Dijk looked solid in the rear of Orange. One of his few flip flops was a moment in the twentieth minute when he let Ciro Immobile escape from his back; he solved that situation himself. With a smart push against Immobile, he prevented a dangerous situation a minute later after a splitting pass from midfield. If Van Dijk moved on to midfield or even the vanguard, he also did good things with the ball at the foot. For example, Van Dijk started a breakout in the eighth minute and shortly after the break he put the ball back on Wijnaldum, whose shot did not hit a target.


Nathan Aké: 6
Aké was one of the most surprising basic customers at Oranje. In the five-man defense, he looked at his place especially in the first half: Aké was Nicolò Barella in charge several times in the opening phase, won a one-on-one duel with Federico Chiesa because he kept looking at the ball and triumphed just before the rest also in a sprint duel with the attacker. After the break, however, Aké had his hands full with Moise Kean. He was late in duels with the Italian substitute several times. Particularly halfway through the second half, the lesser moments accumulated for Aké.

Daley Blind: 7
In the phase of the first half in which Orange was dominant, the danger often came from the left. This was partly due to the contributions of Blind: the left back, for example, gave the cross that resulted in the 1-1, sometimes played wonderfully together with Depay and also gave Luuk de Jong a good cross in the first half. In total, Blind created four opportunities, putting him at the top of Depay together. But prior to the 1-0, he looked weak from a defensive point of view: on the sidelines he made attempts to put Federico Chiesa, Nicolo Barella and again Chiesa off the ball, but they were not decisive enough.


Donny van de Beek: 6
Apart from his goal, the maker of the equalizer did not play a prominent role. When he came into the picture in the first half, he usually did good things: head through to Depay, a good pass to Wijnaldum or intercepting a pass from Pellegrini. But after his goal his contribution was actually too thin. In the second half, Van de Beek hardly appeared in the play.


Frenkie de Jong: 7.5
The midfielder received some criticism after the game with Bosnia-Herzegovina because he would often opt for safe solutions. That was not the case against Italy: De Jong emphatically sought the attacking solution, often with success. De Jong alternated wonderful cross passes and through balls with less sharp passes, but did make a serious contribution to the attacking game of Orange and was certainly on the ball. He continuously made ground for Orange with impressive attacks or by looking for the opening.

Georginio Wijnaldum: 4
Wijnaldum was more visible than he often is in midfield, but that doesn’t mean he played a good game. He was quite sloppy in his game in the first half: it was typical of how he let a ball slip under his feet in the eighth minute during a potentially dangerous breakout, or how he handed the ball in to Leonardo Bonucci when there was music in an attack by Orange was sitting. After the break, Wijnaldum appeared better: he prepared chances for Luuk de Jong and Memphis Depay with good play on the left flank. When he got plenty of room to shoot three minutes before the end, his attempt went far wrong.

Luuk de Jong: 5
Luuk de Jong got some good crosses from the flanks in the first half, but could not be of value with his header qualities. He didn’t get his head right against a ball from Depay and made a wrong decision on a cross from Blind, by sloppily heading back to Van de Beek instead of going for his own success. In the injury time of the first half, he headed way wide between two Italians. Under pressure, for example when he came out of the striker position, he was usually ball-tight.


Memphis Depay: 4
The forward from suspension had many unfortunate moments, until he got the ball in his feet in the penalty area prior to the 1-1. He then opened well and saw his shot being smothered, after which Van de Beek scored. In the following phase, Depay was also happier in his actions. Impressive was the way in which he overthrew Leonardo Bonucci in a mutual duel, before delivering a good cross to Luuk de Jong. After the break, however, his corners were below par, his shots were unfortunate and his passes too impure.

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