A much improved second-half performance saw Netherlands come from behind to earn a 1-1 draw at Slovakia. 

After the victory over Portugal in March, Ronald Koeman decided to stick with a 5-3-2 formation for the visit to Slovakia with Daley Blind coming into the centre of defence, while Jeroen Zoet was prefered over Jasper Cillessen and Kevin Strootman took the captains armband.

Netherlands got off to a poor start and were behind after only eight minutes with former Willem II striker Adam Nemec powering over Blind to head in the opener.

Through Memphis Depay and Donny van de Beek, Netherlands came close but Slovakia had the better chances for a second with Juraj Kucka hitting the bar and forcing Zoet into an excellent save, while Marek Hamsik was left unchallenged to hammer a strike just wide.

Koeman decided to introduce Ruud Vormer at half-time with the Club Brugge midfielder making his debut in place of Van de Beek. The change worked with Oranje much better in possession and Memphis forced Martin Dubravka into a good save early in the second period.

Just before the hour mark, Netherlands found the leveller through Quincy Promes who picked the ball up outside the area before curling an excellent strike into the bottom corner. Promes then turned provider moments later to give Vormer an excellent chance but his chipped effort was cleared off the line.

Before the end, Netherlands created the better chances but couldn’t find a winner with Dubravka pulling off another top save to deny Vormer, while Memphis went close with an effort from range and a header.

Netherlands will now close the season away to Italy on Monday.




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