Netherlands 3-0 Gibraltar: Nathan Ake nets twice as Koeman gets first win of second spell


The Netherlands registered 50 shots against Gibraltar, who provided few tests for Ronald Koeman’s team at De Kuip on Monday.

Ronald Koeman claimed the first win of his second spell in charge of the Netherlands as the Oranje dispatched 10-man Gibraltar 3-0.

Nathan Ake scored twice in a game that saw the Netherlands go 50 tries without conceding one at the other end as Koeman’s side cruised into Euro 2024 qualification after last week’s heavy defeat by France.

Ake’s second-half double came after Memphis Depay had put the Dutch ahead against the Group B minnows in Rotterdam on Monday.

It marked Gibraltar’s 19th consecutive Euro qualifier defeat, with Liam Walker sent off for a rash challenge on Dutch debutant Mats Wieffer.

Needing a response after their shock in Paris, the Netherlands were in control from the start and took the lead in the 23rd minute.

After a patient move, Denzel Dumfries – back from suspension – delivered an inviting cross that Depay glanced at.

Georginio Wijnaldum volleyed just wide, while Wout Weghorst twice went close – spurning a great chance when he fired wide from eight yards before Dayle Coleing managed a smart reflex to beat the Manchester United forward.

The Dutch doubled their lead five minutes after the break, Dumfries helping a deep cross back into the middle for Ake to head home.

Gibraltar were reduced to 10 men less than 60 seconds later. Walker caught Wieffer in a dangerous challenge, leaving referee Morten Krogh with no choice but to brandish the red.

Coleing denied Donyell Malen and Cody Gakpo while Roy Chipolina blocked Weghorst on the line, but Ake’s deflected strike eight minutes from time added gloss to an easy victory.

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