Ronald Koeman’s first game in charge of Netherlands ended in a poor defeat. Jesse Lingard fired England to a 1-0 victory in Amsterdam.

Koeman decided to start with a 3-4-3 formation against England with Hans Hateboer handed his debut, while Bas Dost started up front, flanked by Memphis Depay and Quincy Promes.

From the start, England, who had a man extra in midfield, dominated possession and troubled the Netherlands defence with their pace. The final ball for the visitors was lacking in the first half, but Jeroen Zoet had to make saves from Oxlade-Chamberlain and Raheem Sterling.

At the other end, Bas Dost looked an isolated figure during the first half but he did get a chance from a corner which he could only head over the bar. Just before the break, a sloppy loss of possession gave Memphis a chance but his low shot was easy for Jordan Pickford.

Koeman changed his formation at the break with Promes and Memphis playing more centrally and early in the second half Netherlands had the ball in the net. Memphis crossed for Stefan de Vrij to net, however, the ball was deemed to be out of play and the goal was chalked off.

After that, England dominated and after Marcus Rashford was unlucky to not be given a penalty, Lingard fired the visitors ahead. Kevin Strootman’s attempted back pass clearance fell to Lingard on the edge of the box and he struck the ball past Zoet.

After the goal, Netherlands finally showed some attacking intent, but it didn’t result in clear chances. Davy Propper and Ryan Babel were introduced as Netherlands began to get a foothold on the game. Promes and Memphis both tested Pickford, but at the other end, Zoet had to make a good save to deny Trippier.

Wout Weghorst was introduced along with Donny van de Beek in the last minute, but the second Oranje debutante couldn’t help find an equaliser.

Netherlands lose to England for the first time since 1996 and begin Koeman’s era with a disappointing loss. On Monday they face Portugal.




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