Wales 1-2 Netherlands – Brave Wales go down to late Dutch winner

This match was always going to be a case of ‘After the Lord Mayor’s Show’ and so it proved - for both teams.

Wales were much changed after their remarkable World Cup qualifier win over Ukraine on Sunday. Netherlands also made numerous changes from the team that destroyed Belgium 4-1 the previous Friday.

The stats show a relatively equal match, in what was effectively both nations’ second strings. Wales had 43% possession with 8 shots on goal, 3 on target. Netherlands had 57% possession, with 8 shots on goal, and 2 on target. 

But what a dramatic ending. The match looked set to be decided by Teun Koopmeiners’ goal for Netherlands after 50 minutes. But then up popped Sheffield United’s Rhys Norrington-Davies with a 92nd minute equaliser.

1-1 surely? Not a bit of it, Burnley striker Wout Weghorst powered home the winning goal with a header after 94 minutes. 

It was the sort of finish Burnley fans might be wondering why they didn’t see more of in the latter half of the last season. 

The defeat leaves Wales bottom of their Nations League table with zero points from two matches.

Next up for Rob Page’s team is  a home match against Belgium on Saturday. It certainly doesn’t get any easier!

The Dutch sit top of the table with 6 points from two matches. They host Poland in Rotterdam on Saturday night. 

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