The Dutch national team failed to set a big score against Latvia on Saturday (2-0 win), but national coach Frank de Boer was very satisfied with the game of his team in the World Cup qualifying match.
“I actually enjoyed everyone,” said De Boer after the game in front of five thousand fans in the Johan Cruijff ArenA in conversation with the US. “We kept up the pace, almost every attack was dangerous. We just forgot to reward ourselves.”
The Orange had more than 76 percent of the ball possession against the weak Latvians, came to 36 shots and no fewer than 96 ball contacts in the penalty area of the opponent. Despite this, the home team only scored twice. Steven Berghuis scored the opening goal before half-time and Luuk de Jong signed for the final score in the second half.
“We should have made at least five more goals. It’s incredible, we hit the bar several times and there was always a Latvian leg in between,” said De Boer. “That’s frustrating, because we all know that goal difference is important in World Cup qualifying. But the way we’ve played makes me very happy.”
Photo series: First victory Orange in World Cup qualification
De Boer satisfied with Memphis as a left winger
The Dutch national team started the World Cup qualification last Wednesday with a painful 4-2 defeat in Turkey. De Boer chose against Latvia, number 136 in the FIFA ranking, Luuk de Jong in the striker and Memphis Depay as left winger. The captain of Olympique Lyon was almost always at the point of attack under Ronald Koeman.
“It depends on the opponent whether we put Memphis in the forefront,” said De Boer. “If we dominate, he will be more likely to play from the left. We have now twice proven that we can also play very well in this way”, the national coach also pointed to the 3-1 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina in November.
Memphis, just like captain Georginio Wijnaldum, did not seem so happy that he was taken to the side in the final phase. De Boer did not think that was a problem. “Memphis just really wanted to score, that’s just great. ‘Gini’ was fantastic today, but he has already played so much this season. And I also want to give the other guys the feeling that they belong.”
The Orange closes this international period on Tuesday with an away game against Gibraltar (kick-off 8.45 p.m.).
Stand in the World Cup qualifying group of Orange
- 1. Turkey 2-6 (+5)
- 2. Montenegro 2-6 (+4)
- 3. Netherlands 2-3 (0)
- 4. Norway 2-3 (0)
- 5. Latvia 2-0 (-3)
- 6. Gibraltar 2-0 (-6)
View the results, the program and the positions in the World Cup qualifying series
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