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Netherlands 3-0 Georgia: 5 Talking Points as Memphis Depay steers Oranje to a comprehensive win | International Friendlies 2020-21

Memphis Depay celebrates after scoring a goal
Memphis Depay celebrates after scoring a goal
Samyak Tripathi

The Netherlands beat Georgia 3-0 in their final friendly fixture ahead of the commencement of UEFA Euro 2020.

Memphis Depay opened the scoring early on from the penalty spot. Georgia pushed hard for an equalizer, but the Dutch showed great resilience at the back.

The Netherlands doubled their advantage after the restart as Wout Weghorst scored following some tidy work by Frenkie de Jong and Depay in the build-up. The hosts put the game to bed as Ryan Gravenberch scored their third goal of the night.

On that note, let's take a look at the talking points from the game:


#1. Memphis Depay stole the show for Netherlands

Depay celebrates after setting up Weghorst
Depay celebrates after setting up Weghorst

Memphis Depay is in the form of his life. The Lyon star scored one and set up another in the Netherlands' 3-0 victory. Depay has now scored seven goals and assisted thrice in his last seven appearances for the national team.

The Netherlands will be banking on him to continue his red-hot form in the Euros. Depay is their main man up-front and his performances prove why FC Barcelona are so eager to get him on board.


#2. Frank de Boer still has a lot of work to do

Frank de Boer
Frank de Boer

Frank de Boer has been at the center of a lot of criticism recently. He has been under immense pressure to drive this squad forward since Ronald Koeman's departure last year.

Although there have been some positive developments, De Boer has a long way to go.

De Boer needs to work on his side's fludity and transition if they are to seriously challenge the big guns for the Euros. Moreover, this Dutch side lack the spark in the midfield.

#3. Georgia lost the plot in the second half

Despite trailing by a goal, Georgia looked more promising every time they attacked in the first half. The visitors were able to create good chances even though the hosts were playing with five at the back.

Saba Lobzhanidze should have equalized for Georgia but was denied by some brilliant defending by Stefan de Vrij.

Those rued chances really came back to haunt them as the Netherlands took complete charge of the game and gave Georgia no chance in the second half.


#4. Youngsters shine for Netherlands

Ryan Gravenbrech celebrates after scoring
Ryan Gravenbrech celebrates after scoring

The Netherlands have some quality youngsters in their squad and they proved their mettle against Georgia. Ryan Gravenberch, who recently turned 19, scored his first goal for the Dutch national side.

Gravenberch's teammate at Ajax, Jurrien Timber also put in a solid performance at the back. He combined well with De Vrij to register a clean sheet for their side. Another Netherlands player who impressed was Owen Wijndal.


#5. Wout Weghorst scored his first goal for the Netherlands

Wout Weghorst rejoices after scoring against Georgia
Wout Weghorst rejoices after scoring against Georgia

Wout Weghorst scored his first goal for the national team in their comprehensive win against Georgia. The Wolfsburg forward scored the Netherlands' second of the night to double their advantage soon after the restart.

Weghorst's goal gave the Dutch some breathing space as the visitors were threatening at the opposite end in search of their equalizer.

Edited by Sankalp Srivastava

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