NL: Poland vs Netherlands

Poland vs Netherlands match in the 5th round of Group 4 League A – UEFA Nations League 2022/23 group stage. This competition took place at PGE Narodowy Stadium (Warsaw, Poland).

The performance of the Netherlands in the group stage of the UEFA Nations League 2022/23 is significantly better than that of Poland. The Netherlands won 10 points from 4 matches: won 3, drew 1. Poland only collected 1 point from 4 matches: won 1, drew 1, lost 2.

The Netherlands’ only draw in this season’s UEFA Nations League group stage came against Poland itself. It was a 2-2 draw in June 2022.

In that draw, Poland did not have the service of Robert Lewandowski. The star who is on the staff of the Barcelona club is not named in the starting line-up as well as the reserve list.

However, Poland surprised the Netherlands by leading 2 goals right away after less than 50 minutes of rolling the ball. Matty Cash (18′) and Piotr Zielinski (49′) are the two players who put their names on the scoreboard.

The Netherlands also needs less than 5 minutes to re-balance. Davy Klaassen (51′) and Denzel Dumfries (54′) took turns to score the Orange Whirlwind. The Netherlands could have won 3 points if Memphis was more accurate in the penalty situation in the first minute of injury time in the second half.

In this second leg, Poland promises not to miss Lewandowski. But in fairness, Poland can hardly create a positive game so that this main striker has many opportunities to finish. In fact, Lewandowski experienced a “starvation” scene in the 0-1 defeat to Belgium. This defeat came just a few days after the draw with the Netherlands.

Compared to Poland, the Netherlands still owns players with more quality and uniformity. So, if the stars compete with their abilities, Frenkie de Jong and his teammates promise a triumphal song.

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