The Netherlands reign victorious in their football match against Georgia by 3-0 in Eschede. Wout Weghorst, Memphis Depay and Ryan Gravenberch scored and earned their team as well as their country a win that served as a morale boost ahead of the European Championship.
Despite Depay having tucked away a 10th-minute penalty, Georgia managed to end the first half on a stronger note seeing as they had more shots on goal and challenged their opponent continuously onto the back foot.
The home team took back the lead of the game after the break, encouraged by 7,500 spectators, doubling the lead in the 55th minute with Weghorst scoring his first international goal.
The teenager player – Gravenberch, who recently turned 19, reacted the fastest to lead home a rebound in the 76th minute for the game’s third goal.
The Dutch gameplay was recently heavily criticized by media and pundits due to their 2-2 draw with Scotland last week in their first warm-up match, which disappointed the Netherlands coach Frank de Boer. Hence, the win will serve as a relief for him.
“Are we ready for the European Championship? Yes, I just asked the boys and they are looking forward to it,” De Boer said to reporters.
Denzil Dumfries was set early to give Depay the opportunity to open the scoring from the penalty spot. They denied Depay a second goal only five minutes later as Giorgi Loria – the keeper made a full-stretch, struggling to save on the goalline.
However, Georgia threatened on many occasions after that in the first half with Saba Lobzhanidze having the greatest chance to resume his team’s lead in the game.
The Netherlands fought to have the control back in the second half with Weghorst finishing at full speed after Depay played him in on goal.
After Depay had an additional shot saved by Sania came the third goal, however, the ball rebounded into the air resulting in Gravenberch finishing it off.
Georgia’s substitute Jaba Jighauri took a powerful shot with only six minutes left, almost beating Maarten Stekelenburg – the 38-year-old Dutch Goalkeeper.