A coach who is new to a team normally wants his team to play friendlies against smaller nations to build confidence in himself and for the benefit of player morale. So when I saw this fixture up on Wednesday, I was really surprised the Netherlands picked Spain for a friendly. Look at Portugal’s smashing of Andorra 7-0. This holds them in good stead going into their fixtures against France and Croatia. Now Frank De Boer’s team have to go into their matches against Bosnia and Poland in an indifferent sort of form thanks to this result here.
Back to matters at hand. A 1-1 draw here at the Amsterdam Arena was probably a fair result for two coaches still trying to find good combinations. Betis midfieder Canales opening the scoring with a well taken left footed grounder. A nasty looking clash of heads between Atalanta’s Hateboer and Gaya of Valencia with the later coming off worse and replaced with Spur’s Reguillon, will have fans at the Mestalla sweating his availability for coming weeks. FIFA’s head injury protocols are on point, stop the play right away for head injuries. Donny Van Der Beek fired home the equalise after finding himself alone to the right side of the Spanish defence. Great to see Hector Bellerin being rewarded for his great work at Arsenal with a cap here.
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