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Netherlands 1-0 Poland: 5 talking points as Steven Bergwijn's strike gives the Oranje a win | UEFA Nations League 2020-21

Sachin Bhat
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Modified 05 Sep 2020, 07:09 IST
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#3 Bergwijn gets off the mark for Netherlands

Steven Bergwijn
Steven Bergwijn's stature continues to grow even within the Netherlands set-up

This has been a roller-coaster year for Steven Bergwijn. After joining Tottenham Hotspur in January, he scored on his Premier League debut against Manchester City, before sustaining an ankle injury that supposedly ruled him out for the rest of the season.

However, the league's suspension due to the COVID-19 pandemic allowed him to recover and score on his first game back against Manchester United. Now, he's scored on his first game back into the international side too, which also marks his debut goal for the Netherlands.

After several close calls, the hosts finally broke the deadlock when Frenkie de Jong released Hans Hateboer with a looping cross down the right, and the Atalanta full-back then headed into the path of Bergwijn, who then comfortably slotted the ball into an empty net.

That may be the first of many goals Bergwijn will score for the Netherlands, but he won't score something easier than that.

#4 Depay, the Dutch MVP

Memphis Depay was at the heart of the Netherlands
Memphis Depay was at the heart of the Netherlands' proceedings

Memphis Depay has resurrected his career after moving to France, finding his feet again with Olympique Lyonnais after his nightmarish time at Manchester United.

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The upturn of fortunes has also helped the striker grow in importance for his international side, and last night's performance showed he's the MVP.

Depay was the vital cog which kept the attacking vanguard ticking, constantly trying to win the ball back, running between the lines, laying crosses and also attempting to score.

He was the single biggest threat coming from the Oranje, mustering six shots at goal while his link-up play with Promes and Bergwijn was excellent. The only thing that was missing from his all-round play was a goal.

#2 Piatek fails to take his chance

The former AC Milan forward had a stinker against the Netherlands
The former AC Milan forward had a stinker against the Netherlands

Poland's first-choice striker Robert Lewandowski was missing in action as the Bayern Munich star was given an extended break for his participation in the club's Champions League victory last month.

This opened up an opportunity for Krzysztof Piatek to stake a claim as he got a rare start upfront, but came a cropper instead.

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The Hertha Berlin centre-forward was devoid of service for most of the night and besides that effort in the 32nd minute, his contributions in the match were few and far between.

Luckily for him, his attacking colleague won't be around next week for the Bosnia game either, so he will have another crack at making an impression.

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Published 05 Sep 2020, 07:09 IST
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