Ronald Koeman has his first win as Netherlands coach with his side defeating 10-man Portugal 3-0 in Geneva. 

After the defeat to England on Friday, Koeman decided to change up his tactics with the 3-4-3 ditched for a 5-3-2. He only made seven changes to his starting eleven. Jasper Cillessen, Kenny Tete, Nathan Ake, Tonny Vilhena, Davy Propper, Donny van de Beek and Ryan Babel all came into the side.

Portugal began the game with the bulk of possession but Netherlands managed to keep a Cristiano Ronaldo led attack out. On 12 minutes, Netherlands finally got a chance to counter and Van de Beek’s mishit shot was slid into the net by Memphis Depay.

The Euro 2016 champions couldn’t find a way through Oranje’s organised defence and on half an hour Matthijs de Ligt made a bursting run forward which ended with the centre-back hammering a perfect cross into the box for Ryan Babel to send a bullet header into the top corner.

Portugal were shocked and it got worse before the break as a Memphis free-kick was headed down in the box by De Ligt for Virgil van Dijk to sweep in a third.

At the start of the second half, Portugal came out fighting and Cillessen had to make good stops from both Ronaldo and Ricardo Quaresma. However, any chance of a comeback was ended on the hour mark as João Cancelo was shown his second yellow card for a hard challenge on Vilhena.

With a man extra, Netherlands soaked up the pressure from Portugal and that allowed Koeman to hand debuts to Justin Kluivert and Guus Til. The duo nearly combined for a goal late on but Kluivert’s cross was too close to Anthony Lopes in the Portugal goal. In the final moments, Cillessen and van de Beek made great last ditch clearances to maintain Netherlands clean-sheet.

Koeman gets his first win as Oranje coach and ends Netherlands horrible run against Portugal, which stretches back to 1991. A very positive end to the international break.




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