The Dutch national team has booked its first victory in Amsterdam on Sunday evening under the leadership of national coach Frank de Boer. The Orange squad was 3-1 too strong for Bosnia and Herzegovina in the Nations League.
Wijnaldum almost makes a hat trick
The game in the Johan Cruijff ArenA seemed to be over quickly, because within fifteen minutes the well-playing Orange led 2-0 through two goals from Georginio Wijnaldum.
After the break Memphis Depay made it 3-0, after which Bosnia came back to 3-1 via Smail Prevljak. The visitors were then a few more dangerous times, but no more goals were scored.
Despite the victory, the Netherlands is not in the lead in Group 1 of Division A of the Nations League. Later in the evening, Italy won 2-0 against Poland and took over first place from the Dutch. The Dutch national team has eight points, one less than Italy. Wednesday is the last round of the group stage with Poland-Netherlands and Bosnia and Herzegovina-Italy.
Good news for Orange is that the three-pointer against Bosnia has virtually secured a place in pot 1 in the draw for the World Cup qualification on December 7. Strong countries such as Belgium, France, England, Germany, Italy and Portugal are therefore avoided on their way to qualifying for the final tournament in Qatar in 2022.
In the run-up to the encounter with Bosnia, it was often about the lack of scoring ability at Orange under De Boer (two goals in four games), but on Sunday evening in the ArenA it was quickly hit twice.
Both times Wijnaldum was the end station of a nice attack. In the sixth minute, the midfielder, who played behind striker Luuk de Jong (Donny van de Beek started on the bench), tapped in a low cross from Denzel Dumfries: 1-0.
Eight minutes later it was another ticker from Wijnaldum that took care of the 2-0. This time, the cross was from Memphis and Steven Berghuis headed the ball back to the thirty-year-old captain.
It was an amusing and good first half for the Orange and after 25 minutes it even seemed to be 3-0. Berghuis was the declarer again and this time Luuk de Jong tapped in, but the assistant referee wrongly flagged for offside. In the Nations League, there is no VAR, so the error was not corrected.
The third goal could have come in the remainder of the first half, as Wijnaldum was close to a hat trick. The captain’s shot lacked power and failed to disturb Bosnian goalkeeper Ibrahim Sehic. On the other hand, it must be said that the visitors also created quite a few opportunities before the break, although keeper Tim Krul did not get into major problems.
Georginio Wijnaldum receives congratulations after his second goal against Bosnia and Herzegovina. (Photo: Pro Shots)