International Friendly; Netherlands crush Portugal, Ronaldo disappointing.
Portugal Vs Netherlands, a match that should have been a potential 2018 World Cup Semi Final or Final at best could only happen as a friendly but that did not stop Depay’s Netherlands from Crushing Ronaldo’s Portugal 3-0.
Ronaldo has been in oustanding form in 2018 averaging more than 2 goals a game.
Russia bound Egypt showed signs of stopping the 5 time ballon d’or winner from scoring, but Ronaldo broke their hearts in stoppage time.
Netherlands who won’t be at the World Cup stopped the Portuguese as Van Dijk and Co ensured Ronaldo did not even get a shot on target.
Ronald Koeman got his first win as Netherlands manager and it’s a big one espcially given that in his first game as manager, Netherlands lost to England.
Memphis Depay, who has been in the news for claiming he has the ability to be the world’s best player, was fantastic throughout.
Depay putt the Dutch ahead with a smart finish early on.
Ryan Babel doubled their lead, before captain Virgil van Dijk produced a fine strike late in the half to open up an unassailable three-goal deficit.
Netherlands ultimately eased to an impressive victory, highlighting the significant strides they have made since Danny Blind’s dismissal exactly one year earlier.
Highly rated Ajax youngster Justin Kluivert, the son of former Barcelona star Patrick, made his senior international debut off the bench as Netherlands showed signs of plans for the future in a rebuilding process.