The Dutch national team also disappointed in the second game under national coach Frank de Boer on Sunday. The Nations League match in and against Bosnia and Herzegovina ended in 0-0.
Sloppy Orange does not enforce much
The Dutch, which had started the De Boer era on Wednesday with a 0-1 exhibition loss against Mexico, played little against the defensive home country in Zenica.
The Netherlands had to do without the suspended Memphis Depay. With Donyell Malen, Luuk de Jong and Quincy Promes, De Boer opted for a completely different vanguard than against Mexico.
The draw in Bosnia means that the Netherlands is in second place in group A of the Nations League with four points from three games. Leader Italy also drew 0-0 on a visit to Poland and is on five points.
The first block of matches under De Boer will end on Wednesday with a tough away game against Italy, which won 0-1 in the Johan Cruijff ArenA last month. The meeting in Bergamo starts at 8.45 pm.
Frank de Boer saw that Orange was not convinced in Zenica. (Photo: Pro Shots)
The Orange squad started the match in the Bilino Polje stadium on Sunday. De Boer’s team had by far the most ball possession, kept Bosnia under pressure and was dangerous via Stefan de Vrij. The defender did not hit the ball with a free header chance.
However, during the first half the level dropped considerably. The game continued to play in the Bosnian half, but the Netherlands was often sloppy and therefore did not force any chances.
In addition, the Bosniaks increasingly succeeded in their tactics of coming out dangerous if they saw the opportunity. It was thanks to good defensive work by De Vrij and a misperception by Milan Djuric – he was preferred as a striker over Edin Dzeko – that the Orange remained without damage.
The Netherlands pushed a little more in the final phase, but many opportunities were not created. (Photo: Pro Shots)
Much the same scenario took place in the second half: the Netherlands had a lot of the ball in the half of Bosnia and Herzegovina, but had too little surprise in the game to cause danger. For a long time, a shot from Georginio Wijnaldum was the only moment of excitement.