Memphis Depay failed to win the match for the Netherlands as he missed an added-time penalty against Poland

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Memphis Depay missed a penalty in added time, preventing the Netherlands from making a historic comeback against Poland in the Nations League.

Memphis Depay failed to win the match for Netherlands as he missed an added-time penalty against Poland

For lengthy stretches, Louis van Gaal’s team was in control of the game, but Matty Cash’s angled shot from 20 yards put them behind.

Just after the break, Przemyslaw Frankowski beat the Dutch offside trap to set up a tap-in for Piotr Zielinski to extend the Poles’ lead.

However, before Denzel Dumfries leveled the score, Davy Klaassen nudged in for the hosts.

After looking to be in severe peril, the Dutch came within a whisker of making it three wins in a row in the Nations League when Cash was ruled to have handled late on after a VAR check.

Barcelona’s Depay, on the other hand, sliced his penalty and saw it deflected away off the right post.

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Klaassen had previously ignited the home side’s comeback by brilliantly directing in a deflected cross from teammate Daley Blind, while Inter Milan right-back Dumfries hit the right corner after receiving a pass from Depay.

The Netherlands got out to a fast start but fell behind when Nicola Zalewski moved the play from left to right, where Matty Cash scooped up the ball, drove into the area, and shot past Mark Flekken against the run of play.

The visitors held on for the rest of the half before shocking their hosts again when Przemysaw Frankowski avoided the offside trap and set up Piotr Zieliski for a goal.

Memphis Depay failed to win the match for Netherlands as he missed an added-time penalty against Poland

Davy Klaassen immediately cut the deficit with a brilliant close-range finish, but Denzel Dumfries equalized three minutes later with a deflected attempt.

However, there was late drama when Lukasz Skorupski denied Depay from close range, and Cash was ruled to have handled the rebound. Memphis Depay, on the other hand, struck the post from the spot before the keeper produced another amazing late save to deny him.

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It was no more than the hosts deserved, with Blind and Depay both missing other great chances to score.

SAT 11 JUN 2022 UEFA NATIONS LEAGUE

GROUP A4

Match Result: Netherlands 2 Poland 2

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