Netherlands kept their World Cup hopes alive with a 3-1 win over Bulgaria on Sunday. Michael Bell rates the Oranje performances.

Jasper Cillessen 5.5/10

Didn’t really have any saves to make and couldn’t prevent the Bulgaria goal, but I found Cillessen frustrating in possession during the game. Was far too slow in the first half with his distribution and almost seemed to be time wasting despite it only being 1-0.

Kenny Tete 5.5/10

Got a lot of space on the right-hand side but struggled to make any sort of impact going forward, unlike Blind on the other flank. Most of his crosses sailed out of play and he was caught out a couple of times defensively. Not a bad performance, but could have contributed more.

Daley Blind 8/10

For me, Blind was the best Oranje player on the pitch. He not only contributed the assists for the first two goals but he was always an attacking outlet on the left wing. He found space constantly and linked well with Quincy Promes, while remaining untroubled at the back.

Wesley Hoedt 5.5/10

With Bulgaria sitting deep during the game, Hoedt got the chance to move forward with the ball on several occasions but he was too inaccurate and slow with his passing. Was also frustrating to see him constantly pass the ball backward. Will probably lose his place as soon as Virgil van Dijk returns.

Stefan de Vrij 6/10

Had very little to do during the game. Was untroubled by the Bulgarian attack and didn’t venture forward with the ball often.

Tonny Vilhena 6/10

Put in a lot of effort during the game and made some good interceptions and tackles. However, was sloppy in possession and seemed to be less influential after receiving a yellow card. He is a player I wan’t to see in the national team, but not his best performance on Sunday.

Georginio Wijnaldum 5/10

Another invisible performance from the Liverpool man, who continues to struggle in an Oranje shirt. Had very little impact on the game and lost the ball on several occasions. Nearly played himself into big trouble at the back during the second half.

Davy Propper 7.5/10

Totally justified his selection over Wesley Sneijder by netting two goals during the game. Also linked well with Janssen up front. A very solid performance from the Brighton midfielder. His best yet in Oranje.

Arjen Robben 6.5/10

Got a goal in the second half which saw him overtake Johan Cruyff in the all time top scorers chart for Oranje. However, he struggled to have a major impact on proceedings despite a lot of effort. Saw a few efforts blocked and sent a strike over the bar. Looked visibly frustrated at times, possibly with his own performance, but more likely with his teammates, who frequently failed to spot him in space.

Quincy Promes 7/10

A bright performance from the winger which saw him play a major role in the opening goal before providing the assist for Propper’s second. Played some nice touches with Blind on the left flank and most of Netherlands best play came from the duo. He is playing with a lot of confidence at the moment in Russia and is justifying his selection over Memphis Depay.

Vincent Janssen 5/10

A man clearly out of form and match practise, Janssen was a frustrating watch on Sunday. He did play a part in the opening goal with a nice flick, but after that everything just seemed to go wrong. Missed several chances and that could prove crucial with it likely to come down to goal difference with Sweden. Cannot understand why Advocaat didn’t swap him for Bas Dost in the second half, especially with the amount of space Blind was getting to cross on the left-hand side.

Sub: Marco van Ginkel X

Not on the pitch long enough for a thorough review.

The Manager: Dick Advocaat 5/10

Got his team selection right by picking Davy Propper over Wesley Sneijder, but it didn’t seem like he injected any urgency into his players, who were lethargic after going 1-0 up. Left it far too late to make a change and when he did it was a midfielder for another midfielder, instead of introducing another striker.

It feels to me like he doesn’t fully understand that it is likely going to come down to goal difference with Sweden. He failed to shut up shop against France on Thursday after the red card and he failed to freshen his attack on Sunday. These could be vital errors when it comes down to who gets second place.




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