Netherlands 0-0 France: Player ratings for Oranje as they play out a goalless draw | UEFA Euros 2024

Netherlands v France: Group D - UEFA EURO 2024
Cody Gakpo in action against France.

The Netherlands and France played a 0-0 draw in a vital Euro 2024 clash at the Leipzig Stadium on Friday, June 21. It was the first goalless draw of the ongoing edition.

The Netherlands threw the first punch via Jeremie Frimpong, who forced a save off Mike Maignan, but France looked more threatening after that. Antoine Griezmann spurred a couple of chances to break the deadlock in the opening half.

The second half also saw a similar display with the Netherlands having one or two chances go down their way but it was all France apart from that. Griezmann, Marcus Thuram, and Aurelien Tchouameni tried to break the deadlock but failed as Kylian Mbappe's absence was felt.

The Oranje had a goal by Xavi Simmons disallowed late in the 69th minute following a lengthy VAR check, as the game ended in a goalless draw.

On that note, let's take a look at the player ratings for the Netherlands.


Netherlands Player Ratings


Bart Verbruggen - 7/10

Bart Verbruggen made three saves to keep the Netherlands in the game. A strong showing by the 21-year-old.


Denzel Dumfries - 5/10

Denzel Dumfries had a torrid outing against France as he was unable to contribute either in defense or attack. He was caught napping on multiple occasions and was targeted by France throughout the game.


Stefan de Vrij - 6.5/10

Stefan de Vrij had a decent game at the back. He combined well with Virgil van Dijk to form a solid centre-back pairing. De Vrij had a couple of nervous moments but kept his cool and dealt with them with the help of his teammates.


Virgil van Dijk - 8/10

Virgil van Dijk stood tall for the Netherlands at the back as nothing went past him. The Liverpool defender won three duels, made eight clearances, and recovered the ball twice. All in all, a rock-solid performance from Van Dijk.


Nathan Ake - 6.5/10

Nathan Ake had a decent game at the back. He was astute defensively, but Ousmane Dembele and his fiery pace kept him busy throughout the game.


Tijjani Reijnders - 6/10

Tijjani Reijnders did a decent job in the middle of the park as he made some great runs to break the lines. He covered a lot of ground to keep the French midfielders from exploiting the space.


Xavi Simons - 7/10

Xavi Simons had French defenders on their toes. He was quite active on the ball, but his decision-making in the final third let him down. Simons felt he was robbed of a goal by the VAR.


Jerdy Schouten - 6.5/10

Stood his ground against the likes of N'Golo Kante and Aurelien Tchouameni and acted as an anchor for the Netherlands, playing the role of a deep-lying midfielder.


Jeremie Frimpong - 6/10

Jeremie Frimpong did display his blistering pace but needed the final product to show for it. Ronald Koeman will be hoping to see more of the same from Frimpong in the games to come.


Cody Gakpo - 7/10

Cody Gakpo was one of the best attackers for the Netherlands, dazzling with his quick feet on the left wing. He even forced a great save off Mike Maignan. The Liverpool forward should have seen more of the ball.


Memphis Depay - 6/10

Memphis Depay had a substandard game yet again as he did not provide a threatening presence up front. He needs to do more to justify his place in the starting XI.


Substitutes


Georginio Wijnaldum - 6.5/10

Georginio Wijanldum, who entered the field in the 73rd minute, was an upgrade over Schouten as his energy and physicality helped the Netherlands much more in the midfield battles.


Joey Veerman - 6/10

Joey Veerman entered the fray in the 73rd minute in place of Simons and provided some fresh legs when the weariness kicked in. He provided as a defensive cover.


Lutsharel Geertruida - 6/10

Played the role of an additional man at the back after coming on in place Frimpong of in the 73rd minute.


Wout Weghorst - 6/10

Did not have much impact on the game. He replaced Depay in the 79th minute.

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Edited by Samya Majumdar
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