Ronald Koeman celebrates first Oranje win as Cristiano Ronaldo and co flop in Geneva

 

The European champions, Portugal, suffered a dramatic first-half collapse and had João Cancelo sent off just after the hour in an embarrassing 3-0 World Cup warm-up defeat by the Netherlands on Monday. Memphis Depay, Ryan Babel and Virgil van Dijk scored the goals after taking advantage of uncharacteristically slack defending by Portugal as the Dutch, who failed to qualify for this year's World Cup, secured a first win for their new coach, Ronald Koeman.

Cristiano Ronaldo's evening barely improved after a rough challenge early on by Dutch defender Tonny Vilhena. He left the game after 68 minutes soon after teammate Joao Cancelo was sent off. 

The game had been well won by neat Dutch goals from Memphis Depay in the 11th minute, Ryan Babel in the 32nd, and captain Virgil Van Dijk in first-half stoppage time. 

Two goals were assisted by teenage defender Matthijs De Ligt, and his fellow 18-year-old from Ajax, Justin Kluivert, made his international debut as a substitute late in the game. 

The rebuilding project of new Netherlands coach Ronald Koeman looked more promising in Geneva than it did in a lacklustre 1-0 home loss against England on Friday. 

For Koeman and the travelling Dutch support, they'll hope this is the beginning of a brave new world.

Credit: www.news.com.au

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