Netherlands are a step closer to the last four of the UEFA Nations League after a 2-0 victory over Poland in Warsaw.

Louis van Gaal handed a debut to Ajax goalkeeper Remko Pasveer, while Cody Gakpo began as a number ten just behind Steven Bergwijn and Memphis Depay.

Netherlands were forced into an early change as Teun Koopmeiners went down with a head injury after only a minute. The midfielder had to be stretchered off and was replaced by Steven Berghuis.

Oranje got the first big chance as Berghuis picked out Daley Blind in the box but the left-back could not convert from close range. In the 13th minute, Netherlands did take the lead as Denzel Dumfries set up Gakpo for a simple finish after a lovely team move.

The rest of the first half was a rather dull affair that Netherlands dominated without creating clear-cut chances. Berghuis fired wide twice, while at the other end, Robert Lewandowski barely featured.

Van Gaal brought in Marten de Roon for Frenkie de Jong at the break, while Poland added Arkaduisz Milik. The former Ajax forward should have equalised but he fired over the bar from close range.

Memphis Depay went down with a hamstring injury and had to be replaced by Vincent Janssen. The striker was immediately important as he played a lovely ball through to Steven Bergwijn, who slotted in Netherlands second goal after 60 minutes.

Kenneth Taylor came on for his Netherlands debut as Oranje saw out the rest of the game without adding any further goals. Gakpo fired wide, while Wout Weghorst could not connect to a through ball.

Netherlands are not three points clear of Belgium, who will visit Amsterdam this weekend. Netherlands beat Belgium 4-1 in the previous tie so Oranje is in a good position to qualify.




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