Netherlands have ended their trio of friendlies with an impressive 2-0 win over Austria in Vienna.

 

oranje ausSteven Berghuis and Vincent Janssen were the stars of Netherlands 2-1 win over Poland on Wednesday and the duo combined again after only nine minutes to open the scoring. Berghuis’s cross from the right deflected into the air and Janssen found himself free in the middle to nod in his third international goal in five games.

Coach Danny Blind talked up Austria as the strongest of the three nations Netherlands faced in the past week, and the home side put the Oranje defence under pressure for most of the first half, but Jeroen Zoet made two excellent stops to deny Marko Arnautovic and Zlatko Junuzovic.

Quincy Promes nearly made it 2-0 before the break but his deflected strike came back off the post, and early in the second half Janssen could only fire a Kenny Tete cross wide of the post. Janssen was forced off through injury just after the hour mark and his replacement Luuk de Jong played a large part in Netherlands second goal as he laid the ball off for Georginio Wijnaldum to curl it into the bottom corner.

Tonny Vilhena came off the bench to make his national team debut, and before the end another substitute should have made it 3-0, but Marco van Ginkel could only head Promes cross wide.

The victory is another sign of progress from the Oranje and provides some needed confidence in the national team ahead of the World Cup qualifiers in September. Netherlands are back in action on the 1st of September against Greece before starting the qualifiers five days later in Sweden.




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