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Netherlands 1-0 Poland: Bergwijn nets his first international goal to kickstarts post-Koeman era

Netherlands began life after Ronald Koeman with a 1-0 win over Poland in the Nations League on Friday. 

Koeman left his post as head coach in August to take over the reigns at LaLiga giants Barcelona, with his former assistant Dwight Lodeweges promoted to interim boss. 

Lodeweges’ side were good value for all three points from their opening Nations League Group B4 game, taking the lead shortly after the hour courtesy of Steven Bergwijn’s first international goal. 

New Manchester United signing Donny van de Beek was introduced after that, but he was unable to inspire the hosts to another goal their superiority deserved.

Quincy Promes was the first player on either side to enjoy a clear sight of goal, the Ajax man dragging his shot wide of Wojciech Szczesny’s left-hand post after being played through by  Bergwijn midway through the first half. 

Jasper Cillessen was then belatedly called into action with half an hour played, pushing over Krzysztof Piatek’s curled effort from Tomasz Kedziora’s low cross. 

The Dutch continued to look threatening in attack and Frenkie de Jong almost handed them a half-time lead, but his volley crashed back off Szczesny’s upright.

The hosts deservedly went ahead in the 61st minute, Hans Hateboer heading De Jong’s deep cross into the path of Bergwijn, who tapped into an empty net from four yards.

Although Lodeweges’ men did not add to that goal, they never looked like relinquishing their lead on the way to three routine points.

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