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Ronald Koeman's re-debut in the Dutch national team was unbearably difficult for him and ended in a humiliating 4:0 defeat in France in the opening round of the Euro 2024 qualifiers, but after the stinging loss to the runner-up of the world champion, she received one of the most comfortable games possible - a home game against Gibraltar in which she made history, It is not clear if so positive.
The evening ended with 0:3 "only" against tiny Gibraltar who did not threaten the Orange team's goal at all, and also played most of the second half with ten players following a red card received by Liam Walker in the 51st minute.
In fact, after Memphis Depay scored the first goal in the 23rd minute, the one who was there to score the next two goals for the Netherlands was the stopper Nathan Ake - who scored a second double in his career, the previous one was in the Netherlands under-21 team and even then the second goal was from a penalty.
"It probably wasn't meant to happen."
Aka on his first hat trick (Photo: Reuters)
The 28-year-old Ake doubled the Orange's advantage in the 50th minute and completed a pair that determined the final result in the 82nd minute, in total registering nine threats on the goal and creating seven more scoring opportunities for his teammates.
When asked if he had already scored a historic hat-trick, he replied: "I'm very happy with the pair I scored. At one point I already thought to myself, 'This could be my first career hat-trick!', but it probably wasn't meant to happen."
As mentioned, it was also a historic game.
Although the scoreboard showed 0:3 at the end, Holland broke a record for national teams since the "Opta" company's count began in August 2013 thanks to 50 kicks on goal and 101 touches of the ball in the opponent's square - and still only scored three goals!
Ake's partner in defense, Virgil van Dijk, admitted: "We are still playing quite sloppy, it is clear that we need to play and look much better. Now is the time to focus again on our teams,
Koeman, who, as I remember the meeting in France, arrived with a very short squad after a number of stars, including Mathis de Licht and Cody Gakpo, got sick, concluded: "I have not had such a difficult week even when I coached the Netherlands in the past, and I really hope that we will not have a similar week in the future."
The Netherlands team