Holland 3-0 Georgia: Memphis Depay, Wout Weghorst and Ryan Gravenberch on target as Orange claims morale-boosting victory ahead of Euro 2020
The Netherlands defeated Georgia 3-0 thanks to goals from Memphis Depay, Wout Weghorst and teenager Ryan Gravenberch on Sunday in a morale victory in the run-up to the European Championship.
Depay saved a 10-minute penalty, but Georgia finished the first half stronger as they had more shots on target and repeatedly pushed their hosts on the back foot.
The home side resumed control of the game after the break, spurred on by 7,500 spectators, with Weghorst scoring his first international goal as they doubled the lead in the 55th minute.
The Netherlands completed their preparations for the European Championship with a 3-0 victory over Georgia
Gravenberch, who turned just 19 last month, reacted fastest by bringing home a rebound in the 76th for the third goal.
The win will come as a relief for Holland coach Frank de Boer after a disappointing 2-2 draw against Scotland in their first warm-up game last week, in which the Dutch tactics were criticized by media and pundits.
Denzil Dumfries was eliminated early to give Depay the chance to open the score from the penalty spot. Depay was denied a second goal five minutes later when goalkeeper Giorgi Loria made a full stretch and scrambled up the goal line.
Memphis Depay opened the score for the Netherlands after 10 minutes from the penalty spot
Wout Weghorst scored Holland’s second after finishing at full speed on a pass from Depay
But then Georgia threatened several times in the first half that Saba Lobzhanidze would have the best chance of getting his side back in the game.
Holland struggled to regain control in the second half with Weghorst finishing in full sprint after being played on goal by Depay.
After a strong season in the Bundesliga, Vfl Wolfsburg forward Weghorst made a plea for inclusion in the starting strike when the Orange squad kicked off their Group C campaign against Ukraine in Amsterdam on Sunday.
Teenager Ryan Gravenberch, who turned just 19 last month, sealed the win in the 79th minute
The third goal came after Depay saved another shot from Sania, but the ball bounced back in the air and Gravenberch finished it off.
With six minutes to go, Georgia substitute Jaba Jighauri hit the woodwork with a powerful shot, nearly beating 38-year-old Dutch goalkeeper Maarten Stekelenburg.