Georginio Wijnaldum surpassed Marco Van Basten with a brace that helped the Netherlands to a 3-0 win over North Macedonia at Euro 2020. The win ensured that the Netherlands finish their group stage campaign with a perfect record. North Macedonia had nothing to play for but almost took the lead. Ivan Trickovski was denied by a late offside flag.
The Netherlands continues to play some scintillating football and Memphis Depay put them into the lead after being put through by Donyell Malen. Wijnaldum scored six minutes into the first half as Depay found the Netherland captain with a perfectly weighted through ball. He then scored another to put the match beyond the reach of North Macedonia.
North Macedonia: Dimitrievski (7), Ristovski (5), Velkovski (6), Musliu (5), Alioski (5), Bardhi (6), Ademi (6), Trickovski (7), Elmas (6), Trajkovsi (6), Pandev (7).
Subs: Churlinov (6), Hasani (6), Kostadinov (5), Stojanovski, (6), Nikolov (6).
Netherlands: Stekelenburg (5), Dumfries (6), De Vrij (5), De Ligt (6), Blind (5), Van Aanholt (6), F De Jong (7), Wijnaldum (8), Gravenberch (7), Depay (8), Malen (7).
Subs: Berghuis (7), Timber (6), Weghorst (6), Promes (7), Gakpo (6).
Man of the match: Memphis Depay
Depay took a bit of time to warm up in this tournament, perhaps with his club future weighing over him, but now he has got his Barcelona move sorted, he looks at full throttle.
Depay was a livewire for Netherlands behind the North Macedonia defense even before his opener and he assisted on both of Wijnaldum’s double too. You would not be surprised to see him continue his partnership with Donyell Malen in the knockout stages either, with the pair’s quick thinking and movement a real asset while both were on the pitch.