It remains impressive what Louis van Gaal has achieved at Orange in about a year.
The charismatic national team coach turned a lost national team into a convincing collective that is hard to put aside. All the numbers prove it: 9 wins and 4 draws for tonight.
Against Poland, number 10 could be credited. After barely fifteen minutes, the Netherlands – with 38-year-old debutant Pasveer in goal – took the lead via a beautiful attack.
PSV sensation Cody Gakpo was the end station of an attack along 21 platforms. It says everything about the dashing football of Orange, which has a lot of frivolity with Bergwijn, Depay and Berghuis.
However, the evening in Warsaw had started with a big damper for the visitors. After 49 seconds, midfielder Teun Koopmeiners was unable to continue after an unfortunate aerial duel.
There would also be an important casualty at the start of the second half. Then driving force Memphis Depay had to leave with a hamstring injury.
In the Netherlands, they will hold on tight for the next few hours that the scan will not reveal any serious injuries…
The replacement for the Barça attacker was also a familiar face: Antwerp striker Vincent Janssen.
Meanwhile, Poland had become a lot more menacing. Sniper Milik was unable to pull the trigger with a unique chance of 1-1.
Bergwijn did. After an excellent assist from Janssen – they will be happy to see it at the Bosuil – he put the game in a definitive fold. The Orange then played out the game in adulthood.
There will not be a lot of celebration, it is mainly looking forward to an update about Depay.