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Netherlands player ratings vs England: Despair for the Dutch! Memphis Depay and Donyell Malen disappoint as Oranje suffer Euro 2024 semi-final heartbreak

Ronald Koeman lost the tactical battle to Gareth Southgate as his side were defeated in Dortmund despite taking an early lead

Ollie Watkins' 90th-minute strike secured England a come-from-behind 2-1 win over the Netherlands as the Oranje missed out on a place in the Euro 2024 final in Dortmund.

The Dutch made a fast start when Xavi Simons dispossessed Declan Rice, before powering a rasping strike into the top corner from 20 yards in the seventh minute. England, though, hit back in fortuitous fashion when Denzel Dumfries conceded a penalty for a late foul on Harry Kane, and the Bayern Munich striker dispatched the resulting spot-kick 11 minutes later.

Phil Foden was then denied by a goal-line clearance and then the post, while Dumfries' header cannoned off the crossbar in an entertaining first half where England were on top.

Koeman's team began to turn the tables on England in the second half, but it was Bukayo Saka who had the ball in the net, only for Kyle Walker to be flagged offside in the build-up. And just as extra-time beckoned, substitute Watkins rifled an inch-perfect shot into the corner in the 90th minute to send the England fans wild.

GOAL rates the Netherlands' players from Signal-Iduna Park...

Goalkeeper & Defence

Virgil van Dijk Netherlands 2024

Bart Verbruggen (7/10):

Was beaten by a superbly-placed penalty by Kane but the slight touch he got to slow down Foden's shot goal-bound shot was key. He was a reassuring presence in goal, but not much he could do for Watkins' winner.

Denzel Dumfries (6/10):

Conceded a soft penalty for a foul on Kane as England equalised, but atoned with a goal-line clearance to deny Foden. Hit the bar as well in an action-packed night that didn't go his way.

Stefan de Vrij (6/10):

Stuck well with Kane and Bellingham, and just about held the line to catch Walker out for offside. But, crucially, was undone by Watkins' brilliance.

Virgil van Dijk (7/10):

Was in the right place at the right time to clear the danger and nearly scored a goal at the other end, only to be denied by Pickford.

Nathan Ake (5/10):

The Manchester City ace struggled to handle the lively Saka early on and offered little in attack or defence.


Xavi Simons of the Netherlands

Jerdy Schouten (5/10):

The game passed him by in the first half, and while the Dutch improved, he did very little over the course of the encounter.

Tijjani Reijnders (6/10):

Was part of a midfield that was overrun in the first 45, but began to show off his array of talents in the second period.

Xavi Simons (7/10):

Robbed Rice of the ball and then unleashed a howitzer from distance to give the Dutch the lead. Even when his team struggled, he looked bright in a losing display.


Memphis Depay Netherlands 2024

Donyell Malen (5/10):

Was brought in for Bergwijn but this was a call that did not pay off. He did very little in the first half and was hooked at the break.

Memphis Depay (5/10):

The former Atletico Madrid man was anonymous during the first half hour or so, before his night was ended early by injury.

Cody Gakpo (6/10):

Didn't get much joy out of Walker and Saka initially and didn't stamp his authority on the contest, as he has done in previous rounds.

Subs & Manager

Netherlands boss Ronald Koeman

Joey Veerman (7/10):

Came on 10 minutes before the break to give the Dutch an extra presence in midfield, and it worked. His dead ball deliveries were full of quality

Wout Weghorst (7/10):

Was introduced at the start of the second half and gave his side a much-needed focal point in attack.

Brian Brobbey (N/A):

Had no time to make an impact

Joshua Zirkzee (N/A):

Came on at the death.

Ronald Koeman (6/10):

Bizarrely instructed his side to stand off England, rather than the effective press many teams have utilised against them, before adding an extra body in midfield 35 minutes into the game. His tactical tweak worked, but then Southgate made the changes at the key time as he got one over on the Dutchman.

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