Netherlands Thrash Canada 4-0: Oranje Dominance Overshadows Marsch’s Debut Match

The Dutch squad kicked off their march toward Euro 2024 triumphantly. In stark contrast, Canada’s journey to the Copa America began on a somber note.

Jesse Marsch’s debut as Canada’s coach concluded in dismay with the Netherlands dominating the latter half and claiming a 4-0 victory on Thursday.

The initial half saw balanced aggression from both teams. Georginio Wijnaldum nearly scored, while Cyle Larin missed a golden opportunity by shooting wide.

Post-intermission, the game’s tempo favored the Netherlands. Memphis Depay swiftly netted a goal five minutes into the second half, followed by Jeremie Frimpong’s superb curling shot to extend their lead.

Substitute Wout Weghorst exploited a mistake by Dayne St. Clair to score, and Virgil van Dijk’s late header cemented a resounding win for the Dutch.

Before Euro 2024, the Netherlands will clash with Iceland on Monday. Meanwhile, Canada sets off to France for another preparatory match before the Copa America commences.

Statistical Insight: Dutch Overpower in Rotterdam

Memphis Depay achieved his 25th goal contribution under Ronald Koeman, a feat only attained by five players in Dutch history since 1978.

In the first half, the Dutch created an expected goal (xG) tally of 0.83 from nine shots but ramped it up post-break. Canada was left floundering as the Netherlands amplified their xG to 2.08 via 11 attempts, striking eight on target.

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