Netherlands Dominate Iceland 4-0 in Thrilling Final Warm-Up for Euro 2024

The Dutch squad delivered a stellar performance at De Kuip on Monday, demolishing Iceland 4-0 as they fine-tuned their strategy for Euro 2024. Xavi Simons, Virgil van Dijk, Donyell Malen, and Wout Weghorst each found the back of the net.

Under Ronald Koeman’s guidance, the team also crushed Canada 4-0 in their previous encounter. Now, just six days shy of their inaugural match in Group D against Poland, confidence in the team is soaring.

The scoring started 23 minutes into the game when Denzel Dumfries skillfully directed Joey Veerman’s lobbed pass to Simons, who effortlessly slotted it in. Their lead augmented shortly after halftime.

Nathan Ake managed a deft touch off a corner, setting up Van Dijk to overpower Iceland’s keeper Hakon Valdimarsson with a definitive header. Despite a resounding victory over England earlier in the week, Iceland barely missed a score reduction when a powerful shot by Stefan Thordarson was nudged into the post by Bart Verbruggen.

Post the 73rd-minute mark, Memphis Depay facilitated Malen, who steered the ball into the bottom-right corner. The finale came in stoppage time as Weghorst poked in a close-range shot, confirmed after a VAR review overturned an offside call on Malen’s prior play.

Data Debrief: Dumfries Oranje’s Mighty Edge

While the Netherlands might lack a dominant striker, their prospects remain high, thanks to contributions from all fields. Notably, Denzel Dumfries, one of Europe’s elite attacking defenders, continues to be invaluable.

The dynamo from Inter has tallied 19 goals for the national team (six strikes and 13 assists), outpacing even Daley Blind, who accumulated 18 goal involvements as another prolific Oranje defender. 

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