Ronald Koeman picked up his first win as Netherlands defeat European champions, Portugal with emphatic 3-0 victory in Geneva.
Just days after losing to Gareth Southgate’s England squad, Netherlands bounced back in the best way possible with a dominant display against Portugal thanks to goals from Memphis Depay, Ryan Babel and Virgil van Dijk.
Young talented Olympique Lyonnais winger who failed to shine in his former club Manchester United, gave Netherlands a fantastic start, scoring the opening goal in the 11th minute after converting Donny van de Beek’s cross.
The three-time World Cup runners-up which have failed to qualify for this year’s finals in Russia doubled their lead just after the half-hour mark as Ryan Babel headed in Matthijs de Ligt’s driven cross from close range.
Things went from bad to worse for Portugal on the stroke of half-time, as De Ligt nodded down for Liverpool centre-back Van Dijk who recently named as the new Dutch captain to volley into the far corner to score his first international goal.
Portugal continued to monopolize possession early in the second period, but struggled to break down their stubborn opponents. Any hopes of a comeback were ended when Joao Cancelo was shown a second yellow card and sent off for a foul on Tonny Vilhena.
It was a disappointing evening for Portugal as the game brought to an end Real Madrid forward Cristiano Ronaldo’s run of scoring in nine consecutive games, just three days after his late brace had seen off Egypt 2-1.
As for Koeman’s side, Ajax teenager Justin Kluivert, the son of former Dutch striker Patrick Kluivert, made his international debut after replacing Memphis Depay in the closing stages.