Monday 16 September 2019

Depay says Oranje have ‘turned the corner’ after draw in Belgium

Photo: Kathi Rudminat via Wikimedia Commons

Memphis Depay has hailed the 1-1 draw with Belgium in Tuesday’s international friendly as proof that the 3-0 victory against Germany was not a one-off result.

‘There is no going back for us. We have turned the corner and things can only get better,’ said the Olympique Lyonnais striker, who was singled out for praise by head coach Ronald Koeman: ‘A terrific player who is still developing.’

The Dutch went behind to an early goal by Dries Mertens, but equalised through PSV’s Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld after 27 minutes. The 21-year-old won his first cap on Friday as a substitute against Germany, one of four PSV players to make their Oranje debuts in the last week.

Although Belgium were without key players including Kevin de Bruyne, Vincent Kompany and goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois, Groeneveld said the result was worth celebrating. ‘If you draw 1-1 against Belgium away, you can be very satisfied.’

The Belgians reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in Russia in the summer and are currently in first place in FIFA’s national team ranking.

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