International round-up: Daley Blind produces a solid display while Memphis Depay fails to impress

by Leo Nieboer


Daley BlindFeatured at left-back for the entire game and produced a characteristically composed display against a fluid Belgium front three of Eden Hazard, Dries Mertens and Kevin De Bruyne. The 26-year-old contributed heavily to an improved first-half from the Netherlands, making a series of overlapping runs with Wesley Sneijder often cutting inside to link up with the likes of Stijn Schaars and Davy Klaassen. Blind’s superb crossing ability handed Roberto Martinez’s men the lead during the early stages.

The Dutchman, with a makeshift set of players surrounding him, struggled to sustain such attacking pressure as the home side faded, occasionally finding himself overrun by a growingly potent Belgium attack.

Memphis DepayThrown on by Danny Blind for the injured Jeremain Lens after 67 minutes. The Manchester United outcast, with Belgium improving in the second half, couldn’t force the issue for the home side. He was largely restricted to picking up the ball in awkward areas, often with his back to goal, as Danny Blind’s side once again failed to impress at home. The youngster did find some space during the latter stages but his miserable lack of confidence going forward was all too clear, with Belgium’s back four comfortably dealing with the 22-year-old.

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