Ronald Koeman got his first win as Oranje coach on Monday as Netherlands defeated Portugal 3-0 in Geneva. Michael Bell rates the Oranje players during the victory.

Jasper Cillessen 7.5/10: Cillessen was once again solid in an Oranje shirt and proved he deserves to be number one with several top stops in the second half to make sure he kept a clean sheet.

Kenny Tete 7/10: Played a role in the opening goal and has a solid game defensively throughout. Was shown a silly yellow card for dissent but otherwise a decent performance from the Lyon right-back.

Tonny Vilhena 7/10: Was asked to play in an unfamiliar position on the left of defence but handled it really well in the first half. Showed some excellent touches to get himself out of trouble and sent an excellent cross into the box for Memphis, who was unlucky not to score with a header. Was troubled more in the second half before going off, but a solid performance.

Matthijs de Ligt 9/10: The 18-year-old keeps on getting better. He not only provided two assists, but he kept Cristiano Ronaldo quiet in the first half and even drew a sign of petulance from the Real Madrid superstar, who was clearly frustrated by his inability to trouble the Ajax youngster. De Ligt is a phenomenon.

Virgil van Dijk 8/10: Often called a Rolls Royce defender, Van Dijk strolled through the game untroubled and comfortable at the back. Scored his first international goal with a neat finish before the break.

Nathan Ake 8/10: Was given the chance to impress in the centre of defence instead of De Vrij and the Bournemouth man had a great game. Ake made 2 tackles, five clearances, 2 interceptions and blocked 2 shots. The best stats out of all three central defenders. Was given some trouble by Ronaldo in the second half but stayed strong.

Donny van de Beek 7.5/10: Added dynamism and energy to the Netherlands midfield, which was sorely missing against England. The 20-year-old provided an assist for the opener and made an excellent clearance late on to keep the clean sheet. Made a strong claim for a regular spot.

Davy Propper 7.5/10: His interception led to the opening goal and throughout the game, Propper was an outlet for the defence. He made more tackles and interceptions than any other Netherlands player, and showed some lovely flicks going forward.

Georginio Wijnaldum 7/10: Much better performance than against England. Was able to showcase his dribbling ability to get Netherlands moving forward but at times lacked the pace to cause the Portugal defence even more danger. Looked far more comfortable alongside Propper and van de Beek than he does with Strootman.

Memphis Depay 7.5/10: Scored the opening goal and nearly got another with an excellent header. Was a constant threat to Portugal’s defence on the counter in the first half, but had a quiet second period before being replaced by Kluivert.

Ryan Babel 7/10: Got his goal with a powerful header and held up the ball really well in the first half. Didn’t provide as much danger as Memphis but did his job.

Substitutes:

Marten de Roon 6/10: Got 25 minutes, made two tackles and two interceptions as Netherlands saw out the win. Picked up a needless yellow card for a late challenge.

Stefan de Vrij 6/10: Came on in the 66th minute. Helped Netherlands see out the win.

Justin Kluivert 5/10: Got 15 minutes on his debut. Nearly set up Til but is pass at the end was too close to Lopes. Only touched the ball three times.

Guus Til 5/10: Made his debut and added some energy for the last 15 minutes.

Steven Berguis 5/10: Only got a few minutes at the end and didn’t really make an impact.

Timothy Fosu-Mensah 5/10: Only got a few minutes at the end and didn’t really make an impact.




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