National coach Frank de Boer has significantly changed his line-up for the World Cup qualifying match against Latvia. Compared to the lost opening match against Turkey (4-2), Luuk de Jong, Davy Klaassen and Denzel Dumfries will start in the base of the Dutch national team on Saturday evening.
De Boer’s interventions are at the expense of Donyell Malen, Marten de Roon and Kenny Tete, all three of whom were substituted last Wednesday in the dramatically expired World Cup qualifying match against Turkey. After trailing 3-0, the Orange lost 4-2 to the Turks.
Furthermore, De Boer sticks to his familiar names. That means that Tim Krul is under the crossbar as a replacement for the injured Jasper Cillessen and besides Dumfries Matthijs de Ligt, Daley Blind and Owen Wijndal are on the defense.
Behind shadow striker Davy Klassen are Frenkie de Jong and captain Georginio Wijnaldum in midfield. By choosing Luuk de Jong as a striker, Memphis Depay moves to the left flank. Steven Berghuis is the right winger, just like last Wednesday.
Due to the default in Istanbul, the Netherlands is facing a catch-up race in the World Cup qualifying series. Only the group winner immediately wins a ticket for the much-discussed 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The number two has to qualify through the play-offs.
Five thousand spectators are welcome to the Netherlands-Latvia on Saturday evening.
Several firsts in the Netherlands-Latvia
Because of the human rights violations in Qatar, the Orange will issue a statement against Latvia before the kick-off. It is not yet clear what the players will do. The announcement comes after Norway and Germany took a stand against the situation in the tournament’s host country.
In addition, the World Cup qualifying match has two firsts. For the first time since the corona pandemic, spectators are welcome to a duel of the Dutch national team. It concerns a total of five thousand fans in the Johan Cruijff ArenA, who have all been tested for the corona virus in advance.
The game is part of a test by Fieldlab Events, which investigates how fans can safely visit an event in times of corona. Previously, tests were held at the Kitchen Champion Division matches Almere City-Cambuur and NEC-De Graafschap. This is Fieldlab’s largest test.
In addition, the Netherlands-Latvia (kick-off 6 p.m.) is led by Stéphanie Frappart. It is the first time that a female referee whistles an international match for Orange. The 37-year-old Frappart has been active for years as an arbitrator in men’s football.
Setup the Netherlands: Curl; Dumfries, De Ligt, Blind, Wijndal; Wijnaldum, Klaassen and F. de Jong; Berghuis, L. de Jong, Memphis.
Latvia line-up: n.n.b.
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