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Netherlands crush Scotland 4-0 in Euro 2024 warm-up friendly

Posted : 23 March 2024

In Friday's friendly encounter, the Netherlands emerged victorious with a commanding 4-0 win over Scotland, clinching three goals in the final stages of the game. This result was a significant boost for the Dutch team as they prepare for the upcoming Euro 2024 tournament, contrasting sharply with Scotland's concerns.


The match, held at Amsterdam's Johan Cruyff Arena, witnessed the Dutch side taking the lead just before halftime with a spectacular long-range strike from Tijjani Reijnders. Despite Scotland's efforts, including a near miss from Lawrence Shankland hitting the crossbar in the second half, they couldn't capitalize on their opportunities, leading to a late collapse.


Georginio Wijnaldum extended the Netherlands' lead with a well-executed header, followed by goals from substitutes Wout Weghorst and Donyell Malen in the dying minutes. Scotland's defensive vulnerabilities were exposed once again, as they conceded a total of 18 goals in their last six winless matches, reflecting a worrying trend for manager Steve Clarke.


On the other hand, Ronald Koeman, the Dutch coach, expressed mixed sentiments about his team's performance. While acknowledging Scotland's strong showing for the first hour of the match, he emphasized the need for improvement in their gameplay, particularly in terms of minimizing mistakes and enhancing their effectiveness in finishing.


Despite the star-studded lineup featuring the likes of Virgil Van Dijk, Cody Gakpo, and Memphis Depay, Scotland managed to pose threats, with early chances missed by Shankland and Ryan Christie. However, the clinical finishing of the Dutch side ultimately made the difference, securing them a convincing victory and extending their winning streak to four games, a feat not achieved since 2013.


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