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Impressive Netherlands Crush Ronaldo's Portugal

International Friendly Report: Portugal v Netherlands 26 March 2018

By SL International - Mar 26, 2018 10:30 PM

International Friendly 

Result: Portugal 0-3 Netherlands

Date: 26 March 2018

Venue: Stade de Genève

Netherlands scored three first-half goals for a resounding 3-0 victory over Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal in an international friendly in Geneva.

Portugal made the brighter start, putting the Dutch under constant pressure, but it was the three-time World Cup finalists who got the opener following an instinctive finish by Memphis Depay.

That was the first goal in the Ronald Koeman era after they went down 1-0 to England in the former’s first match since taking up the hotseat.

The hosts saw an appeal for a penalty turned away after Ronaldo looked to have been brought down after 30 minutes.

They were struck by a further blow after Ryan Babel rose to meet Mathias De Ligit’s cross for a thunderous close-range header two minutes later.

It was proving an uphill task for Portugal to stage a comeback with each passing minute, but Bruno Hernanes came close with a lob but couldn’t find the target.

Hernanes produced a similar effort minutes later but his effort was rather tame on this occasion in front of a rosy Geneva.

At the other end, Memphis looked for his brace but Anthony Lopez was alert to guide his header clear from danger with half-time fast approaching.

Before they knew it, the Dutch eventually added to their tally with Virgil Van Dijk connecting to De Ligit’s layoff for a thumping finish past Lopez just before the break.

The start of the second half saw chances few and far between for both sides, but the Netherlands were looking the more likely to get the next goal.

Further misery befell the Portuguese after Joao Cancelo saw red for a second bookable offence a minute after the hour mark.

Seven minutes later, Ronaldo made way for Joao Moutinho to a warm applause, with the European champions still trailing and battling for a way back.

As the amount of goalmouth action dried up, the 2010 World Cup runners-up ran out comfortable victors.


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11’ Memphis Depay

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Flipping lyf Joined: 21 Apr 2017
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Flipping lyf Mar 27, 2018 12:43 PM
@Romeo Maps88 cr7 contributed more than any portugal player through the tournement he only miss final that does'nt change the fact cr7 was most impact player in his squad
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Golden Boots Mar 27, 2018 10:45 AM
Ncese, akwehlanga kuh ngehlanga. The Dutch know how to play football even if they haven't won no world cup.
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nazzi the second Mar 27, 2018 10:43 AM
@Master25 well said
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Faysal Mar 27, 2018 10:18 AM
Eypty nearly beat cowtugal
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Chiefester Mar 27, 2018 09:55 AM
The way the so called 'best' player kicked that grass yoh I couldn't stop laughing. It reminded me of when he completely missed the whole ball against Barcelona. Anyway how many shots did he have on target or at least at goal? I'll listen on the radio
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Mpho wa Cosmos Mar 27, 2018 08:46 AM
@Romeo Maps88 the fact is that he is a Euro 16 Championship winner. 3 goals n 3 assists. it's amazing how ppl will talk things while yur Country n mates are happy at yu. If yu don't know his mates gave him a new nick name translated from Portuguese "Commander, Power". Read there the article again "Seven minutes later, Ronaldo made way for Joao Moutinho to a warm applause".33 but still frustrating haters
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Mpho wa Cosmos Mar 27, 2018 08:26 AM
@Flipping lyf true that. It's a pity Barca fans want to coach him, they want him to play like their Messi. CR7 is skillful but he has changed his he to goals. If Messi creates there is Suarez to finish, even in National Team there are great guys to finish. In Madrid if King can creates abo big Benz fire blanks, in National Team a guy like Nani is longer there with young start Silva off form. I rather try score myself if I don't have great finishers. I once told one player to try shoot bcz he was creating n his mates were not gud enough
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Mpho wa Cosmos Mar 27, 2018 08:20 AM
Tough luck the Dutch needed it the most. The Inter Milan Silva is off form n all pressure is on one man to score the goal
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Romeo Maps88 Mar 27, 2018 08:15 AM
@Flipping lyf: You mean like he did the talking on the field by winning the euro finals on the pitch but sitting on the bench right bro....?
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Flipping lyf Mar 27, 2018 08:08 AM
Mourinho once said king wont win nothing with portugal in 2016 he reverse those words an congrat crr7 what most i like about ronaldo he alwys do the talking on field that why he excell everywhere he ply his trade
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Master25 Mar 27, 2018 07:47 AM
As have said before, without goals Ronaldo cannot win man of the match. Unlike Messi who can dominate the game without scoring a single goal and make others to score.
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link&iviwe Mar 27, 2018 07:36 AM
3 nil
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yashlayasha Mar 27, 2018 07:22 AM
nw i knw y nethrland did nt qualify 4 world cup,thy wait 4 mistake den uses dat against u,,portugal defeat i blame mr santos he choses playerz who cn control da possion than to attck da oppenentz.al da way king 7,hope u dnt face germany aftr group stages
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Flipping lyf Mar 27, 2018 06:37 AM
Cristiano "RECORD" Ronaldo in u i believe man may god bless u stay injure free until world cup#MAGINALCRR7
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mitchvich Mar 27, 2018 04:58 AM
If Portugal win the game he gets all the credits there is to get; now what should happen if Portugal loses?
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spanish laligabbva Mar 27, 2018 04:29 AM
@Chicharito07 Holland coach is "Roland Koeman"if my memory served me right because iv got babalaza now I think he coached EVERTON in the premier league IHOP u are answered
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Nick#10 Mar 27, 2018 02:06 AM
I supposed da Queen had a bad day
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Chicharito07 Mar 27, 2018 01:33 AM
Who is the head coach of the Dutch guys?
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vijjox Mar 26, 2018 10:38 PM
Hard lucky
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Voltaire Mar 26, 2018 10:33 PM
Thank you Netherlands we were never going to hear the end of this.

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