Netherlands were held to a 1-1 draw in Slovakia in a game of two halves for Oranje. Michael Bell rates Ronald Koeman’s side’s performances in Trnava.

Jeroen Zoet 6/10: Given a chance in place of Jasper Cillessen, Zoet could do nothing for the goal but made a good stop to deny Slovakia a second just before the break. Was largely untroubled in the second half. A decent showing by the PSV number one.

Daryl Janmaat 6/10: With competition from Kenny Tete and Hans Hateboer, Janmaat was given a chance by Koeman and although he had a solid enough game, it was unremarkable. Didn’t do enough going forward to help out the attack.

Patrick van Aanholt 6.5/10: A player who was clearly playing with confidence at the end of the season, Van Aanholt put in a decent shift at left-back. Almost netted the equaliser with a strike that flew just over the bar.

Matthijs de Ligt 7.5/10: An exceptional talent, De Ligt strolled through the game untroubled and unchallenged. Played a role in the equaliser too. Undroppable on this form.

Daley Blind 4.5/10: With Van Dijk rested, Blind was slotted into the centre of defence, which proved to be a big mistake. Easily beaten by Nemec for the opener and looked uncomfortable throughout his 66 minutes on the pitch. But what did Koeman really expect from someone who has barely kicked a ball all season?

Stefan De Vrij 6/10: Comfortable and uneventful evening for the new Inter Milan centre-back.

Kevin Strootman 5/10: Was given the captains armband for the evening but once again looked lost in an Oranje jersey. I struggle to see what he offers Koeman at all. Wijnaldum and De Roon much better options at the moment.

Donny van de Beek 5.5/10: Hauled off at halftime for Vormer which was slightly harsh on the Ajax youngster, who looked lively in the first half. Missed a decent chance to equalise in the first half.

Davy Propper 5.5/10: Has always been reliable in an Oranje jersey but the Brighton star struggled to create much with Slovakia outfighting the Oranje midfield

Memphis Depay 7.5/10: The attacker is in outstanding form for Lyon and was a constant threat for Netherlands throughout the game. Created several chances but was denied a goal by an outstanding Dubravka save. Got an assist but clearly wanted a goal and would have been frustrated at the end. However, on this form he is Netherlands top attacking option going forward.

Quincy Promes 7/10: Got the equaliser with an excellent curled strike into the bottom corner. Formed a lively partnership at times with Memphis but was often wasteful with the ball.


Ruud Vormer 7/10: Came off the bench at halftime for his debut and shone in the second half. Created several chances with his superior passing range and came close to a goal himself with one effort cleared off the line and one denied by an excellent save. Based on this performance, he is a much better option for midfield than Strootman going forward.

Terence Kongolo 5.5/10: Slotted into the defence for Blind on 66 minutes and didn’t put a foot wrong at the back.

Steven Berghuis 5/10: Didn’t have enough time on the pitch to make an impact

Eljero Elia 5/10: Didn’t have enough time on the pitch to make an impact

Wout Weghorst 5/10: Didn’t have enough time on the pitch to make an impact

Marten de Roon 5/10: Didn’t have enough time on the pitch to make an impact

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