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Wales fall short as Depay hits late Dutch winner

The Netherlands finished their international window with a dramatic hard-fought Nations League win over Wales at the Stadion Feijenoord.

The hosts dominated the first quarter of the match and when Noa Lang and Cody Gakpo scored six minutes apart it looked like Wales could be in for a very long evening in Rotterdam.

Rob Page’s side kept their composure, though, and found a route back into the game against the run of play when Brennan Johnson bagged his second in as many games.

With time running out, substitute Connor Roberts went down in the Dutch area after an aerial challenge and referee Horatiu Fesnic pointed to the spot.

Gareth Bale calmly dispatched the 92nd-minute penalty, low into the right corner, to send the travelling Wales fans delirious, only for Memphis Depay to win it for the Dutch straight from the restart.

For all Wales’ efforts it is a third defeat in the Nations League from four games and they find themselves bottom of Group A4 – although their qualification for the 2022 World Cup will mean this international period will ultimately be deemed a successful one.

The Netherlands remain unbeaten in Louis van Gaal’s second stint in charge and sit comfortably at the top of the group.

Wales struggled to find their rhythm in the opening exchanges, regularly conceding possession in dangerous areas.

Source: BBC Sports

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