Sergio Canales’s first international goal wasn’t enough as Spain drew 1-1 against the Netherlands with Frank de Boer is still searching for his first win as Oranje-manager.
De Boer has so far drew three and lost one of his first four games.
Midfielder Canales scored his first goal in the 19th minute, smashing home from close range into the bottom corner. Alvaro Morata delivered the assist by finding a gap between the Dutch defenders.
Canales’s effort was cancelled out at the start of the second half by Donny van de Beek. The Manchester United man scored the equalizer with a strong finish from close range after the ball deflected to him on a plate.
Van de Beek scored also last month against Italy in the Nation’s League.
Before halftime, there was an argument for a penalty for the Netherlands, after Hector Bellerin jumped on back of Luuk de Jong. The penalty wasn’t given for the hosts.
Both sides suffered injuries in the first half. With Manchester City centre back Nathan Ake leaving the pitch after five minutes with a pulled hamstring. Jose Gaya also suffered a head injury in the middle of the first half.Embed from Getty Images
Spain dominated the possession and created 12 shots against the host’s four. Marco Bizot made three saves in the Dutch goal including denying Morata’s close-range shot before the break.
Unai Simon was in form as well on his international debut saving Memphis Depay’s threatening strike twenty minutes before full time.
Netherlands face next Bosnia and Herzegovina on Sunday in the Nation’s League. Spain will play against Switzerland on Saturday.