Berlin, 16 November 2020 (dpa/MIA) – Frank de Boer earned his first win as Netherlands manager with a 3-1 victory over Bosnia and Herzegovina in the UEFA Nations League on Sunday, while Turkey edged a thrilling encounter against 10-man Russia 3-2.
Georginio Wijnaldum – twice – and Memphis Depay struck for the Oranje, with Smail Prevljak scoring the visitors’ consolation. The Netherlands lead A1 ahead of Italy’s clash with Poland.
Denis Cheryshev opened the scoring for Russia in their B3 match, but Andrei Semyonov’s sending off in the 24th minute turned the game as Kenan Karaman and Cengiz Under scored soon after. Cenk Tosun netted to make it 3-1 before Daler Kuzyaev gave his side what proved to be unfulfilled hope.
Despite the defeat, Russia are still top, but could be overtaken if Hungary beat Serbia.
A number of other games, including Belgium v England, will take place later this evening. Romania v Norway was cancelled as a positive coronavirus test amongst the visitors’ squad prevented them from travelling.
In his fifth match as boss, de Boer was finally victorious. Wijnaldum‘s two tap-ins put the Netherlands ahead early on, and when Depay netted the third in similar fashion, the game was all but over.
Prevljak’s first-time finish reduced the deficit, but the damage had already been done.
Dutch captain Wijnaldum told NOS, “We were ready for a win.
“We started well. We’ve had a few times that we’ve started the second half well, but today it was the other way around.”
Cheryshev’s close-range effort gave Russia a great start in Istanbul, but Semyonov took out Tosun while the latter was through on goal to earn himself an early bath. That made things far easier for the hosts, with Karaman heading past Guilherme before Under’s superb strike gave Turkey the lead.
Tosun’s penalty doubled his side’s advantage, with Kuzyaev’s effort not enough to earn his side a point.
In B4, Wales and Finland won 1-0 and 2-1 respectively against Ireland and Bulgaria. Wales lead the group, with the Finns in second as the two prepare to meet on Wednesday.
Armenia won 2-1 at Georgia to move second in C2 behind North Macedonia, who won by the same scoreline against Estonia earlier on.
C4 saw Belarus consolidate their group lead with a 2-0 victory against Lithuania. Albania are second after prevailing 3-1 versus Kazakhstan.
Earlier, Scotland lost 1-0 against Slovakia in B2, although Steve Clarke’s side remain top with one game left to play.