Holland 1-0 Poland: Tottenham star Steven Bergwijn scores first international goal as hosts claim win in Nations League group opener
- Steven Bergwign scored the only goal on 61 minutes as Holland defeated Poland
- The Dutch moved top of the Nations League A Group 1 on the opening matchday
- Caretaker Dwight Lodeweges led Holland for first time since Ronald Koeman left
- Next Holland play Italy on Monday in Amsterdam, while Poland travel to Bosnia
Steven Bergwijn scored his first international goal as the Netherlands beat Poland 1-0 Friday in their opening Nations League match in an empty Johan Cruyff Arena.
The Tottenham winger finished from close range after Hans Hateboer volleyed a pass from Frenkie de Jong back across the face of the goal in the 61st minute. It was both teams’ first outing since the coronavirus pandemic slammed the brakes on international football.
‘Hopefully the fans can come back to the stadiums soon and create some atmosphere,’ said captain Virgil van Dijk.
Steven Bergwign celebrates scoring his first international goal in the 1-0 win over Poland
The winger tapped in from close range after Hans Hateboer volleyed across goal
Holland, playing their first international game under interim coach Dwight Lodeweges following the departure of Ronald Koeman to Barcelona, dominated the match and could have scored more. Frenkie de Jong hit the post on the stroke of half time after controlling a clever pass over by Memphis Depay on his chest.
Van Dijk said the players are already used to working with Lodeweges, who was Koeman’s assistant.
‘Dwight Lodeweges is the boss. You can see that he has our respect,’ Van Dijk said.
Liverpool defender Virgil van Dijk celebrates the win with his Holland team-mates at full time
Italy were held to a 1-1 draw by Bosnia in the night’s other League A Group 1 match.
The Netherlands reached the final of the inaugural Nations League last year, where it lost 1-0 to Portugal under Koeman.
Lodeweges had to rebuild his defense in the absence of Matthijs de Ligt, Stefan de Vrij, Denzel Dumfries and Daley Blind, but with Poland resting their captain and star striker Robert Lewandowski the Dutch defense were rarely troubled.
‘You see that some things are a bit rusty,’ Lodeweges said. ‘It’s nine months since we were together.’
Caretaker Dwight Lodeweges led Holland for the first time after Ronald Koeman’s departure
Poland’s best chance came when Tomasz Kedziora crossed low from the right and Krzysztof Piatek fired a first-time shot straight at Jasper Cillessen in the 32nd minute.
Depay, rumored to be a transfer target for Koeman at Barcelona, was a constant threat as he drifted between the midfield and attacking lines but fired his only clear chance well wide.
The Netherlands play Italy on Monday in Amsterdam, while Poland face Bosnia in Zenica.
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