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Gibraltar 0-7 Netherlands Player Ratings: Wijnaldum and Depay put on perfect performance

Frank de Boer's Netherlands side kept the pressure on Turkey in Group G with a convincing victory over Gibraltar on Tuesday evening

 
10:42pm on Tuesday 30th March 2021
By
Stefan Bienkowski

Although the Netherlands were always expected to beat Gibraltar by a comfortable margin, few would have predicted Frank de Boer’s side to win by seven goals to nil.

Not only did the Holland side put on an impressive team performance, but certainly individuals also stood out with notably class.

Which will, undoubtedly, be a welcome sign for De Boer after some groans and complaints from his first batch of games in charge of the national team.

Gibraltar v Netherlands: Player Ratings, Match Stats, Player Stats

Georginio Wijnaldum: 9.5

Liverpool fans will be delighted to hear that their consistent midfielder star Georginio Wijnaldum was once again on form as he guided his Holland side through Tuesday night’s clash.

The Liverpool midfielder turned playmaker early on in the game when he picked out Steven Berghuis just minutes before the break with a shot that then allowed the wingger to tap the ball inside the left post.

Despite looking lively and testing the goal on a number of occasions in the first half, Wijnaldum had to wait until the 63rd minute to grab a goal, when he latched on to a rebound and fired the ball into the back of the net from close range.

Owen Wijndal: 10

While this match was dominated by Holland’s star-studded team of performers from just about every major club in Europe, it was AZ Alkmaar left-back Owen Wijndal that proved to be more instrumental in Tuesday’s win than just about any other player.

From the left flank the young defender bombed up and down the wing throughout the match and was awarded with two assists, when he set up Manchester United midfielder Donny van de Beek in the 85th minute and then Memphis Depay just three minutes later.

Memphis Depay: 10

While Gibraltar are hardly the most testing of opponents, from the first minute to the last Memphis Depay showcased all the talents to explain why Lyon are so desperate to keep the forward in the summer and why Barcelona are so keen to bring him to Spain.

The winger bagged his first goal shortly after the hour mark when he stepped up to hit a free kick and fully connected with the ball perfectly to watch the low shot fly inside the right post, leaving the goalkeeper completely helpless.

If that wasn’t impressive enough, Depay then went one better 27 minutes later when he read a cross from Wijndal perfectly to volley the ball inside the box and into the bottom left corner.

A remarkable performance from a player that seems to be at the top of his game at the moment.

Gibraltar v Netherlands: Player Ratings, Match Stats, Player Stats

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