AMSTERDAM: Steven Bergwijn scored his first worldwide objective because the Netherlands beat Poland 1-0 Friday of their opening Nations League match in an empty Johan Cruyff Arena.
The Tottenham winger completed from shut vary after Hans Hateboer volleyed a move from Frenkie de Jong again throughout the face of the objective within the 61st minute . It was each groups’ first outing for the reason that coronavirus pandemic slammed the brakes on worldwide soccer.
The Netherlands, taking part in its first worldwide beneath interim coach Dwight Lodeweges following the departure of Ronald Koeman to take the reins at Barcelona, dominated the match and will have scored extra. Frenkie de Jong hit the put up on the stroke of halftime after controlling a intelligent move over the Poland protection by Memphis Depay on his chest.
Italy was held to a 1-1 draw by Bosnia within the evening’s different League A Group 1 match.
The Netherlands reached the ultimate of the inaugural Nations League final yr, the place it misplaced 1-Zero to Portugal beneath Koeman.
Lodeweges needed to rebuild his protection within the absence of Matthijs de Ligt, Stefan de Vrij, Denzel Dumfries and Daley Blind, however with Poland resting its captain and star striker Robert Lewandowski the Dutch protection was hardly ever troubled.
Polands finest probability got here when Tomasz Kedziora crossed low from the suitable and Krzysztof Piatek fired a first-time shot straight at Jasper Cillessen within the 32nd minute.
Depay, rumored to be a switch goal for Koeman at Barcelona, was a relentless menace as he drifted between the midfield and attacking strains however fired his solely clear probability properly huge.
The Netherlands performs Italy on Monday in Amsterdam, whereas Poland faces Bosnia in Zenica.