The game: 4-1
What a stupefaction in Brussels this Friday evening! Semi-finalist of the last League of Nations, Belgium was corrected by the Netherlands at the opening of the League of Nations (4-1). Despite a good start, the locals retreated minute after minute against the offensives of Louis Van Gaal’s men. Sometimes rough, the Oranje set the sights until they opened the scoring with a nice strike from Bergwijn (40th). Handicapped by the injury of Lukaku (27th, see elsewhere), the Red Devils struggled to really worry the Dutch rearguard other than with long shots.
The second period did not change anything, on the contrary. Memphis, very fit, doubled the bet in the 51st on a powerful shot from the right. The Belgians were definitely not there this Friday evening, like the third goal, ten minutes later. After a ball diverted by Mignolet, Blind recovered on the left and crossed in the middle of a static red defense. Dumfries passed in front of everyone to register on 4th goal in selection.
Three minutes later, on a nice delivery from Blind, Memphis chained knee control and recovery to score his double. The reduction in Michy Batshuayi’s score is just an anecdote in this meeting completely missed by the last Belgians in their group after this first day.
The player: Memphis Depay size boss
Not always on the pitch with Barcelona, Memphis Depay has (again) proven what a player he can be. A nice double of two pure strikes, but not only. Always available, Memphis was very involved this Friday evening in Brussels. As often, he was able to come down to help De Jong organize the Oranje game. The Belgians will never have found the solution in the face of his technical quality and passing precision. In this duel of numbers 10, Eden Hazard, who is coming back from injury, has been upgraded.
Fact: Lukaku’s injury
Like his compatriot from Real, Romelu Lukaku is also in difficulty at club level, and this injury could not help a departure this summer. The Chelsea striker came out in the 26th after a blow received in a duel with Nathan Aké. Starting in depth, the former Inter stumbled on the Dutch defender and twisted his ankle on the way down. After a quick return to the pitch, he left his team for good, replaced by Leandro Trossard.