Netherlands sealed their Euro 2020 spot with a poor 0-0 draw in Belfast against Northern Ireland. Michael Bell rates Oranje’s players for their performances during the draw.

Jasper Cillessen 5/10: Looked very shaky at the start and almost gifted Northern Ireland a goal in the opening minutes. Calmed down after that and barely had anything to do.

Joel Veltman 5/10: Was very unlucky to give away the penalty and get a yellow card for a handball he could do nothing to prevent. Doesn’t offer enough going forward against a compact team like Northern Ireland. Right-back definitely still an issue for Koeman.

Daley Blind 6/10: Got forward a lot more than Veltman did and was tight defensively throughout. Steady and unremarkable performance.

Virgil van Dijk 6.5/10: Had very little trouble from the Northern Irish defenders. Was composed and solid throughout. A captain’s performance once again.

Matthijs de Ligt 6/10: An unfortunate handball was luckily not punished but De Ligt was solid afterwards and had very little trouble throughout.

Frenkie de Jong 7/10: Netherlands standout player once again. Drove Netherlands forward with a few excellent runs. His teammates couldn’t take advantage of some of the situations he created.

Marten de Roon 4/10: Booked early on and taken off in the first half. A night to forget for the midfielder.

Donny van de Beek 5/10: Given another opportunity to impress in Oranje but once again did not take it. Struggled throughout to make an impact.

Quincy Promes 6/10: Was Netherlands most dangerous player in the first half and he created a great chance for Berghuis. However, he completely disappeared after the break.

Steven Berghuis 5/10: Was a surprise that Koeman went with the Feyenoord winger and he did little to reward his manager for his faith. Hit the bar when he had a golden chance early on and was substituted for De Jong early in the second half.

Ryan Babel 5.5/10: Got chances but could not take them. A tough night for the forward, who failed to fill Memphis Depay’s void.

Substitutes

Davy Propper 6.5/10: Came on for De Roon and was much more influential in the game. Got the ball moving forward and was always open for a pass. Should start against Estonia.

Luuk de Jong 5.5/10: Gave Netherlands more aerial threat but didn’t make a huge impact.

Nathan Ake N/A: Came on for the last three minutes.




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