[VIDEO] Netherlands 3-0 Portugal: Ronaldo & Co Powerless As Depay, Van Dijk Score | Goals

Netherlands kick-started their new era in international football as they cruised to a 3-0 friendly victory over European champions Portugal on Monday, with Ronald Koeman enjoying his first win since becoming the Oranje’s coach in February.

The Dutch are still rebuilding after a disastrous World Cup qualification campaign, but they showed plenty of promise in Geneva, crushing Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal just three days after a disappointing defeat at home to England in Koeman’s bow.

Memphis Depay, recently in the news for claiming he has the ability to be the world’s best player, put in a particularly good display to upstage Ballon d’Or holder Ronaldo, putting the Dutch ahead with a smart finish early on.

Ryan Babel doubled their lead, before captain Virgil van Dijk produced a fine strike late in the half to open up an unassailable three-goal deficit.

Portugal stunned Egypt on Friday by scoring twice late on to win 2-1, but any hope of a more miraculous turnaround evaporated with Joao Cancelo’s sending off just past the hour for a second bookable offence.

And Netherlands ultimately eased to an impressive victory, highlighting the significant strides they have made since Danny Blind’s dismissal exactly one year earlier.

A glimpse of the potentially bright future was afforded late on, as highly rated Ajax youngster Justin Kluivert, the son of former Barcelona star Patrick, made his senior international debut off the bench.
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