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Poland 0-2 Netherlands: Louis van Gaal’s side close to Nations League finals

Steven Bergwijn celebrates with Denzel Dumfries, Cody Gakpo and Virgil van Dijk
The Netherlands only require one point in their final group match to qualify for the finals

The Netherlands remain in control of Nations League Group A4 after defeating Poland in their penultimate match.

Cody Gakpo met Denzel Dumfries’ low ball into the box to put the visitors ahead after 13 minutes in Warsaw.

Steven Bergwijn secured victory for Louis van Gaal’s unbeaten side with a curling finish on the hour mark.

The Netherlands must avoid defeat against second-placed Belgium in their final fixture to qualify for next summer’s Nations League finals.

Belgium remain three points behind the Netherlands after they beat Wales 2-1 on Thursday to maintain their hopes of topping the group.

Van Gaal’s side have won four of their five group games and defeated Belgium 4-1 when the sides met in June.

Wales must beat Poland in Cardiff on Sunday to stay in the top flight of the Nations League.

Line-ups

Poland

Formation 3-4-2-1

  • 1SzczesnyBooked at 85mins
  • 5Bednarek
  • 15Glik
  • 3Kiwior
  • 17FrankowskiSubstituted forBereszynskiat 79′minutes
  • 10Krychowiak
  • 8LinettySubstituted forMilikat 45′minutes
  • 21ZalewskiSubstituted forSkórasat 79′minutes
  • 20ZielinskiSubstituted forLegowskiat 86′minutes
  • 19SzymanskiSubstituted forKlichat 70′minutes
  • 9Lewandowski

Substitutes

  • 2Gumny
  • 4Skóras
  • 6Wieteska
  • 7Milik
  • 11Grosicki
  • 12Skorupski
  • 13Legowski
  • 14Klich
  • 16Swiderski
  • 18Bereszynski
  • 22Dragowski
  • 23Piatek

Netherlands

Formation 3-4-1-2

  • 1Pasveer
  • 2Timber
  • 4van Dijk
  • 5AkéBooked at 32mins
  • 22Dumfries
  • 20KoopmeinersSubstituted forBerghuisat 6′minutesSubstituted forTaylorat 75′minutes
  • 21de JongSubstituted forde Roonat 45′minutes
  • 17Blind
  • 8GakpoBooked at 61mins
  • 7BergwijnSubstituted forWeghorstat 75′minutesBooked at 85mins
  • 10DepaySubstituted forJanssenat 52′minutesBooked at 82mins

Substitutes

  • 3de Ligt
  • 6de Vrij
  • 9Janssen
  • 11Berghuis
  • 12Rensch
  • 13Cillessen
  • 14Klaassen
  • 15de Roon
  • 16Malacia
  • 18Taylor
  • 19Weghorst
  • 23Flekken

Referee:
Alejandro José Hernández Hernández

Match Stats

Live Text

  1. Match ends, Poland 0, Netherlands 2.

  2. Second Half ends, Poland 0, Netherlands 2.

  3. Foul by Wout Weghorst (Netherlands).

  4. Grzegorz Krychowiak (Poland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Wout Weghorst (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  6. Foul by Kamil Glik (Poland).

  7. Cody Gakpo (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Foul by Mateusz Legowski (Poland).

  9. Foul by Kenneth Taylor (Netherlands).

  10. Grzegorz Krychowiak (Poland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  11. Denzel Dumfries (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

  12. Foul by Mateusz Legowski (Poland).

  13. Hand ball by Grzegorz Krychowiak (Poland).

  14. Hand ball by Bartosz Bereszynski (Poland).

  15. Substitution, Poland. Mateusz Legowski replaces Piotr Zielinski.

  16. Wojciech Szczesny (Poland) is shown the yellow card.

  17. Wout Weghorst (Netherlands) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  18. Foul by Wout Weghorst (Netherlands).

  19. Wojciech Szczesny (Poland) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  20. Foul by Cody Gakpo (Netherlands).

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