Netherlands vs Gibraltar Highlights, Watch Nathan Ake Best Moment and Goals
Nathan Aké scored his first career brace as the Netherlands defeated Gibraltar 3-0 in retaliation for their humiliation in France. This victory at Feyenoord’s De Kuip helped the Oranje begin their UEFA Euro 2024 qualification campaign.
The British Overseas Territory, who are currently rated 200th in the world, surprised many by finishing one goal ahead of Ronald Koeman’s team after their humiliating loss in Paris despite only losing 3-0 to Greece in the opening round of games. In Rotterdam, the hosts promised to try to score “as many goals as possible” before the game even started, so it wasn’t all that shocking to see the Euro ’88 champions control possession right away.
The Dutch had several half-chances before the deadlock was finally broken on minute 23 by Denzel Dumfries’ finest effort in a string of teaser shots. Dayle Coleing and 40-year-old skipper Roy Chipolina both took a moment to clear their lines, and Memphis Depay took advantage of their hesitation to nod home to the audible relief of the home crowd.
Before halftime, Wout Weghorst and Georginio Wijnaldum had opportunities to increase the advantage, but Julio César Ribas would have been happy with his team’s organization in the face of intense pressure. At halftime, Koeman substituted Donyell Malen and Cody Gakpo, and the Liverpool forward contributed to the second goal on the 50th minute. Former Abingdon United defender Jayce Olivero deflected the 23-year-old’s cross into the path of Dumfries, who carefully supplied the open Aké, who was unmarked, allowing the center-back to head in off Coleing’s left-hand post.
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