Holland 2-2 Scotland: Memphis Depay hits too late to save the Dutch from blushing and prevent Steve Clarke’s Covid hit from a big scalp in Portugal ahead of Euro 2020
- Scotland were denied a big win against Holland thanks to a late goal from Holland
- Scotland took the lead after 11 minutes with a goal from Jack Hendry
- The Dutch hit back six minutes later after Memphis Depay found the network
- Steve Clarke’s side took the lead again after an hour thanks to Kevin Nisbet
- However, Depay struck again to save a tie and avoid embarrassment
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The Scottish players who failed to make it to Portugal for this friendly will likely always outshine their teammates on the pitch, although a fearless performance that deserves more than a draw was a welcome sight for Steve Clarke.
Seven of his squad stayed on their training base in Spain after one of them, Sheffield United’s John Fleck, tested positive for Covid-19.
The boss made the right noises because his absence is “ultra-cautious” and the six uninfected players are expected to train on Thursday.
Scotland drew a strong pre-European Championship after playing against the Netherlands in Portugal
Kevin Nesbit came off the bench to give the Scots the lead after a ball from Andy Robertson
The Hibernian striker raises his hand in celebration after taking Steve Clarke’s side into the lead
Jack Hendry opened the gate to shock the Dutch with a fine right-footed shot from a distance
The 26-year-old defender rolls off to cheers with Stuart Armstrong after scoring
Holland (5-3-2): Krul; Dumfries, Timber (Berghuis 69), de Vrij (de Jong 85), de Ligt, Wijndal (van Aanholt 69); Wijnaldum (Gravenberch 31), de Roon, de Jong (Klaassen 31); Weghorst (Promes 69), Depay
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Scorer: Debit (17, 89)
Booked: De Ligt
Manager: Frank de Boer
Scotland (4-3-3): Gordon; Robertson (Taylor 69), Cooper (Gallagher 62), Hendry, Tierney (McKenna 69); Turnbull (Gilmour 81), McGregor, Armstrong; Christie, Forrest (Fraser 61), Dykes (Nisbet 61)
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Scorer: Hendry (11), Nisbet (64)
Manager: Steve Clarke
But after admitting that they were “in close proximity” to Fleck, the fear remains that more cases may arise.
Concern is heightened as goalkeeper David Marshall, defensemen Grant Hanley and Stephen O’Donnell, midfielder John McGinn and striker Che Adams are likely to start in their first Euro 2020 game of the week on Monday.
They’ve all tested negative in the past 48 hours, but Clarke will still be sweating on their wellbeing. In the field, at least, he saw plenty to encourage, including the late debut of Chelsea’s Billy Gilmour.
The Netherlands shot back quickly as Memphis Depay equalized with a strong finish
Former Man United star Depay celebrates with Dutch captain Georginio Wijnaldum
The Lyon star appeared to equalize for the Netherlands in the final moments of the game
Dutch star Depay points his finger at the sky after drawing a draw for Frank de Boer’s side
“After what has happened in the past few days, you learn to take one day at a time, but it was a good night for us,” said Clarke.
Scotland started out like this was their Group D opener against the Czech Republic and it was no surprise when they took the lead after 10 minutes.
Southampton’s Stuart Armstrong and Celtic defender Jack Hendry attacked a pair of orange jerseys in midfield and the latter slammed his first international goal into the bottom corner from 20 yards.
As far as Clarke is a conservative coach, the attack had started with a shot from Hendry’s colleague center-back Kieran Tierney.
Armstrong looks stunned after appealing for a foul in Portugal in the first half of the game
Vitor Jorge Fernandes Ferreira threatens Matthijs de Ligt. from Juventus with a yellow card
Frank de Boer will be far from convinced after his side almost saved a draw in Portugal
Holland soon equalized when Memphis Depay volleyed after a cushioned header from Georginio Wijnaldum.
But Scotland’s attack overload always looked like it was going to force a second, and captain Andy Robertson swept over the gate for substitute Kevin Nisbet after 62 minutes.
They were denied victory when Depay whipped home a late free kick, but Clarke shouldn’t be worried after a mighty evening.
His concerns are off the pitch.