The Dutch national team lost on Wednesday at the debut of national coach Frank de Boer. The Orange was defeated 0-1 in an empty Johan Cruijff ArenA in the exhibition game against Mexico.
Orange escapes early deficit
The Netherlands made a poor impression and, except for the final phase, was unable to create any great opportunities. The stronger Mexico struck after an hour via a used penalty kick from Raúl Jiménez.
De Boer, the successor of Ronald Koeman who left for FC Barcelona, made two players debut. Teun Koopmeiners and Owen Wijndal had a basic place. In addition, Tim Krul played his first international match since 2015 and Stefan de Vrij his first since 2018.
The Netherlands will continue this international period in the coming week with two away games in the Nations League. The Dutch will face Bosnia and Herzegovina on Sunday in Zenica and on Wednesday in Milan against Italy, which recently won 0-1 in Amsterdam.
Frank de Boer saw the Orange create few opportunities against Mexico. (Photo: Pro Shots)
The Netherlands started rough against Mexico. The home team even escaped early on. Jiménez shot the ball sloppily wide after a huge error by Hans Hateboer and the same did Jesús Corona after a bad kick by Krul.
The Orange only managed to play under the pressure of Mexico after twenty minutes and that immediately resulted in a number of chances, but the attempts by Memphis Depay, Steven Berghuis and Ryan Babel missed precision from a difficult angle.
However, the Netherlands remained sloppy in the build-up for the remainder of the first half, which created two more nice opportunities for Mexico. Jiménez shot wide wide again after a wrong pass from Wijndal and former PSV player Andrés Guardado aimed well over.
Teun Koopmeiners was one of the debutants for Orange. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Halfway between Virgil van Dijk and De Vrij, De Boer replaced Joël Veltman and Nathan Aké with a view to the Nations League matches, and that certainly did not benefit the game. The Netherlands was still using too slow a pace to get Mexico into trouble.
Mexico lurked mainly on the counter and should have opened the score after ten minutes. After a quick switch, Corona came face to face with Krul, but shot the ball straight to the body of the goalkeeper coming out of his goal.