Netherlands switched up their formation and took a 1-1 draw in Italy. Michael Bell provides his player ratings for the Oranje stars.

Jasper Cillessen 7.5/10: Could do little for the goal, but made several saves to deny Italy, including one excellent stop from Immobile. A good performance from the stopper.

Hans Hateboer 4.5/10: Plays in a back five for Atalanta and should have suited the role against Italy. However, he had an awful evening, and made several mistakes. Contributed little to the attack.

Daley Blind 7.5/10: Got a lot of space on the left to go forward and made good use of it in the first half. Created four chances and played a big role in the goal. Bit quieter in the second half before being subsituted.

Nathan Ake 6/10: A solid but unremarkable performance from the centre-back, who made no mistakes, but was given some trouble, especially once Moise Kean came on.

Stefan de Vrij 6.5/10: A strong performance at the back from the best centre-back in the Serie A. Bossed it alongside Van Dijk and Ake.

Virgil van Dijk 6/10: Had a sloppy moment when Immobile got in behind but other than that, Van Dijk was solid and largely untroubled.

Frenkie de Jong 8/10: A fabulous performance in the midfield from De Jong, who was behind the goal with an excellent pass to Blind, and created other opportunities. Played more on the front foot and excelled.

Donny van de Beek 7.5/10: Van de Beek was in the right place at the right time to fire in his first Netherlands goal. A much improved performance from Van de Beek.

Georginio Wijnaldum 5/10: Invisible and sloppy with the ball, Wijnaldum had a poor game again for Oranje. A player looking for form.

Luuk de Jong 5.5/10: Given another big chance to impress, but once again didn’t take it. Got the service, but couldn’t score, and it was a surprise that he remained on the pitch until the end. Deserves praise for troubling the Italian defence, but should have scored at least once.

Memphis Depay 7/10: A busy performance from Memphis, who tried to make things happen with his pace. Was unlucky not to put Netherlands 2-1 up with a strike that was brilliantly kept out.


Joel Veltman 6/10: Came on with fifteen minutes to go and made a few crucial interceptions when Italy were pressing.

Ryan Babel N/A: Got a minute

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