Netherlands booked a historic 3-0 victory over rivals Germany in the UEFA Nations League on Saturday. Here are our player ratings for the Oranje stars. 

  • By Michael Bell
  • Follow Michael on Twitter

Jasper Cillessen 7/10: The goalkeeper was faultless in all he did. Made an excellent save to deny Muller in the first half and claimed some crosses when Germany were on top. Didn’t have too much to do but was crucial when called into action.

Denzel Dumfries 7.5/10: A good debut for the PSV right-back. In the first half he made some crucial tackles and was always a threat going forward. Left some space in behind and was given some trouble by Sane in the second half but overall a promising night for the youngster.

Daley Blind 6.5/10: Let Muller in behind and nearly brought him down in the first half after a lack of concentration but was crucial in the second goal. Got forward at times in the second half but his crossing was poor. Not a left-back anymore but seems to be undroppable for Koeman. Looked better when he moved into the midfield.

Matthijs de Ligt 6/10: All over the place in the first ten minutes. Couldn’t find a teammate with his passing and let the Germans in behind. However, he improved in the second half and made some crucial tackles. Not the performance we have come to expect from the youngster.

Virgil van Dijk 8/10: Was shaky at the back in the first half but scored the opening goal. After the break he was imperious. Clearing every cross that came into the box. A captains performance in the second half!

Marten de Roon 7/10: Was a surprise started but he played a crucial role in the midfield. Did his job well and helped provide a screen for the defence. A much better option than Kevin Strootman.

Frenkie de Jong 7.5/10: The scouts from all around Europe will not have been disappointed by what they saw from the midfielder but he couldn’t assert his dominance. Was quiet in the opening period but made some excellent moves throughout the game and was always an option. Completed more passes than any other Dutchman before going off in the second half.

Georginio Wijnaldum 7/10: Had a quiet but efficient game in the midfield until late on when he scored an excellent goal. We need to see more of that from the Liverpool man. He has so much talent but can sometimes go missing in Oranje. Hopefully, he gains some confidence from this.

Steven Bergwijn 6/10: Not the debut that Bergwijn would have wanted. He had some nice touches and flicks but he struggled to impose himself. There is much more to come from the PSV star.

Ryan Babel 7/10: The forward put in a real shift on the left flank. Not only up front, Babel was a constant help at the back and made some good interceptions. Played a key role in the opening goal. Works hard for the team.

Memphis Depay 8.5/10: The star once again for Netherlands. Just like against Peru, Memphis was the key attacking force for Oranje and played a role in all three goals, His excellent corner led to the first, he scored the second and a clever dummy led to the third. Could have had another with a strike that came off the bar. His work ethic can not be questioned in an Oranje shirt and he is developing into a real leader under Koeman.


Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld 5/10: Handed his debut to prevent him switching to Nigeria. Looked lively on the ball but could have given away a penalty with a sloppy tackle.

Quincy Promes 5/10: His pace is a real asset from the bench. He got in behind the Germans to set up the Memphis goal.

Nathan Ake 5/10: Unlucky not to be starting for Oranje due to his performances for Bournemouth, Ake came on at left back and barely put a foot wrong.

admin (11947 Posts)

Follow @Footballoranje_ on Twitter