Sun 05 September 2021 | 6:49

Van Gaal loves the 'dominating Netherlands' after 4-0 victory

The Netherlands send out a statement in their World Cup qualifying campaign by thrashing a defensive Montenegro 4-0 at Philips Stadion.

After being held 1-1 by Norway in 

Van Gaal's first game in his third spell in charge

, Oranje turned on the style in Saturday's World Cup qualifier with Montenegro at Philips Stadion.

Memphis Depay scored the opener

 from the penalty spot in the 38th-minute before completing his brace with a powerful finish in the 62nd-minute.

Georginio Wijnaldum and Cody Gakpo scored the other goals of the game to secure the Netherlands a 4-0 victory.


"We started very badly, but in the end we were more careful than against Norway,


Van Gaal




"In Norway we started well, but we were not very good throughout the game. Today, the 70 minutes after the opening phase were good.

"We had to win today. If we didn't we would have missed our target. I think that brought some pressure with it.

"We have completely outplayed Montenegro. We have had little time and still have to get to know each other better. 

"But if you can beat such a defensive team 4-0, it gives a boost to the next game."


The Dutchmen 

will next face the Group G leaders, Turkey, on Tuesday

, and 


is already looking ahead to the Turkey match right after the final whistle of their game against Montenegro.

"Hopefully we can give Turkey, one of our director competitors, a slap," 

Wijnaldum said.

"This was an important performance after our European Championship exit and the Norway game. We were disappointed with the result against Norway.

"It's difficult to explain why we started a bit slow today. They even got a few opportunities from our mistakes. That shouldn't happen and against another side it might have been 1-1 or 2-1 to them."


Memphis Depay

 was awarded the man of the match award thanks to his brace. He told 


"It's always special when I come here [to Eindhoven], and so I'm very happy to have scored twice.

"It felt like we had more creativity on the pitch than last time. It also felt like I received the ball more at the right time, so that I could be a threat or face an opponent. That was important."


source: NOS

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