New Dutch national team manager Louis Van Gaal has won his first game in charge of the team after the emphatic win over Montenegro in a Qatar 2022 World Cup qualifier at the weekend. Van Gaal was appointed the Dutch manager for the third time in his career this summer following the disappointing campaign at Euro 2020. Frank De Boer was sacked shortly after the Dutch were eliminated in the round of 16 by the Czech Republic with Van Gaal named as his replacement.
Van Gaal was a delighted figure on the sidelines as the Netherlands produced an emphatic 4-0 victory over their opponents buoyed by the brace from new Barcelona signing Memphis Depay. Ex-Manchester United player Depay has become a key player for the Dutch team over the years and he showed his quality once again with his two goals against Montenegro.
Depay was a key player for Lyon in the French Ligue 1 for several seasons before he left the club at the end of his contract this summer to join Spanish giants Barcelona on a free transfer. Depay has impressed a great deal in the opening weeks of his Barcelona career with a return of two goals in his first three La Liga games.
The brace from Barcelona forward Depay established a two-goal lead for hosts Netherlands at the expense of Montenegro before further goals from new PSG midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum and PSV Eindhoven sensation Cody Gakpo made it a comprehensive victory for their team.
The big win over Montenegro took the Netherlands to ten (10) points from five games in Group G as they maintained their one-point deficit to group leaders Turkey in second spot ahead of their meeting in Amsterdam later this week. Norway are third with ten (10) points. Azerbaijan, Latvia and Montenegro are the other countries in the group.