Depay nets late winner as Netherlands beat Wales 3-2

Depay nets late winner as Netherlands beat Wales 3-2

ROTTERDAM-- Lively forward Noa Lang scored his first international goal and Memphis Depay got a last-gasp winner as group leaders Netherlands secured a dramatic 3-2 victory over Wales in their Nations League A clash at a festive De Kuip in Rotterdam on Tuesday.

After Lang had opened the scoring, Cody Gakpo added a second for the home side before Brennan Johnson pulled a goal back for the visitors.
That was the way it stayed until Gareth Bale netted a 92nd-minute penalty which looked to have secured a point for the Welsh, but Depay, who missed a penalty late on in the 2-2 draw with Poland last time out, still had time to score the winner.
Netherlands lead Group Four with 10 points from their four games, three ahead of second placed Belgium. Poland (four points) and Wales (one) fill the bottom two positions.
"Of course, it shouldn't be possible to give away a 2-0 lead, but in the end, after a long and difficult season, we can be quite happy to win this game," Dutch captain Matthijs de Ligt said.
"In the last match he (Depay) missed that penalty, so it's great that he makes up for it this way."
The Dutch have now won all 10 matches they have played against Wales but were made to work hard for this latest victory.
Lang had already forced a good save from goalkeeper Wayne Hennessey before he found the back of the net on 17 minutes as he twisted and turned past three Wales defenders and rifled his shot into the net.
Gakpo then scored in similar fashion six minutes later, but when Wales mounted a rare attack midway through the opening half, Johnson was able pick his spot from the edge of the box.
Bale looked to have rescued a point late on when he coolly slotted in an equaliser from the penalty spot, but that joy for the visiting supporters lasted just a minute before Depay, on as a substitute, poked the ball into the net from close range.
"It's hard to take but I'd rather this happen now and we address it than it happen at the World Cup," Bale told S4C's Sgorio. "We have to use these Nations League games to improve and get better.
"Of course we are disappointed we conceded late, but we're competing with these big teams in every game now and it's just the finer details we need to iron out."

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