Danny Blind may be gone but the result was still the same for Netherlands on Tuesday as they slipped to a 2-1 defeat to Italy in the Amsterdam Arena.

Fred Grim took charge for the friendly in front of a watching Louis van Gaal, and the interim boss made several changes to the side disgraced in Sofia. Kenny Tete, Wesley Hoedt, Memphis Depay and Jeremain Lens all came into the side as Grim chose a mobile frontline with pace.

The early signs were great as Netherlands started well and took the lead on ten minutes when Quincy Promes cut in from the left before seeing his shot guided into the net by Italy defender Alessio Romagnoli.

That lead only lasted 60 seconds before the Oranje defence was caught out by a quick free-kick which Wesley Hoedt could only head into the path of Eder, and the forward lashed a shot past Jeroen Zoet.

The setback didn’t hurt Oranje and they continued to dominate and nearly retook the lead through Bruno Martins Indi who sent a header against the bar. However, against the run of play, Italy took the lead just after the half-hour mark. Zoet saved Marco Parolo’s header from a corner but couldn’t prevent Leonardo Bonucci from following up on the rebound.

In the second half, Netherlands dominated possession and camped in the Italy half, but despite some nice actions from Memphis they couldn’t find the equaliser. Promes shot straight at Gianluigi Donnarumma after being played on goal by Jeremain Lens but that was one of the only efforts on goal from a shot shy Oranje side.

Ten minutes from time, Zoet saved well from Leonardo Spinazzola who raced free from Daley Blind to deny Italy a third. Netherlands then poured forward for the last ten minutes, but Wesley Sneijder saw two excellent chances saved by Donnarumma while Martins Indi sent a header over the bar.

Italy held on to cap another disappointing evening for the Dutch national team, who have now only recorded one win in nine home internationals. They will now look to appoint a new head coach by the time they face Morocco at the end of May.

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