Netherlands has poor numbers in penalty kicks

The Dutch team won on Monday night thanks to Virgil van Dijk’s goal after a penalty kick in the final minutes of the match against Greece, but earlier in the match, Wout Weghorst had missed a penalty. The Dutch team’s numbers when it comes to taking penalties have been poor in recent years.

Since the start of the 2018 World Cup, the Dutch team has had seventeen penalties. This excludes penalty shootouts. Memphis Depay took the first 14 penalties and scored ten. Three Memphis Depay shots were saved and one shot hit the post.

Those who also took penalties for the Netherlands were Cody Gakpo, Wout Weghorst and Virgil van Dijk, only Wout Weghorst wasted. This means that the Netherlands converted twelve of the seventeen penalties, an average of 70%. Compared to other top teams, this is a low score. Only Spain has performed worse in the last five years.

It was impressive that Virgil van Dijk took the penalty against Greece because he had missed an important penalty in December. The defender failed in the World Cup against Argentina, in the quarter-finals.

For example, the Netherlands have scored poorly in recent years when it comes to penalties. For comparison purposes, from the beginning of this century until 2017, 27 of the 28 penalties were converted into goals. Only Ruud van Nistelrooij missed a shot in September 2005, in the game against Andorra.

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  1. Weghorst has a penalty scoring % of 60. Which means he missed 4 out of 10. That is not good enough.

    He suffers from a grandioso complex. He thinks he can be the nation’s messiah and asks too much of himself and the result is: too much energy wasted, too much yelling at the ref, stupid fouls, diving and faking being fouled… he’s out of his depth.

    Yes Luuk de Jong is better. Way better. With his feet, with his head (best header in Europe) and with his intelligence. I think Koeman needs to call him and get him back in.

  2. Once again I want to bring this up. With frenkie back who should play where if Reijnders and frenkie are paired together. Reijnders plays on the left at Milan and also look better there in both the NT outings. Though vs France he was playing centrally and moving around. Frenkie forever has his stronghold on the left. So the question becomes who shifts to the right

  3. By the way Wilson, what we need is a left back like Djoku the kid from Man City. That’s what you call talent ok my friend. He is solid, very skilled on the ball and fast. So stop with your list, they haven’t made any difference. Lol

  4. @ Wilson

    Ajax are now 17th in the Eredivisie, the lowest position ever for the club in the entire history of the competition

    Wesley Sneijder:

    🗣️ “It doesn’t matter who you put in as coach at Ajax, the players are just not good enough.”

    Rafael van der Vaart:

    🗣️ “At this moment, Ajax have to think as a relegation candidate.”

    What is going on in Amsterdam?!

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