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Nations League S/F: 3 Things We Learnt From Netherlands' 3-1 Win Over England

England faced off against Netherlands in the UEFA Nations League semi-final at the Guimares Stadium in Portugal, and ended up losing 3-1 after extra time. 

Central defender Matthijs de Ligt scored an equaliser in the 73rd minute after Marcus Rashford's penalty opener at the half-hour mark. The Three Lions then conceded two goals in extra-time, the first being a Kyle Walker own goal and the second a Quincy Promes finish to ensure that Oranje went through to the final against Portugal. 

Here are three things we learnt from the semi-final:

3. Frenkie de Jong Runs the Show

Despite both teams not looking at their 100%, there was one man from the Oranje who had an extraordinary game of his own. 

Barcelona-bound Frenkie de Jong buzzed around the centre of the park, shirking off challenges and slide tackles and spinning away from his markers with quick little one-twos and putting his own tackles in to disturb opponents and win the ball back. 

Completing 101 of his 105 attempted passes in a midfield battle is excellent on its own, but his defensive display of five tackles and three interceptions showed how complete a player he is, despite being just 22. 

2. Depay Profligate But Effective While Sterling Flattered to Deceive

Memphis Depay and Raheem Sterling were supposed to be the sides' most inform attackers for this semi-final.

The former missed two easy chances, and struggled through the entire 90 minutes, but ended up being involved in two of the three goals his team scored due to his tremendous pressing, as he hassled the England defenders into multiple mistakes. 

The Manchester City winger however struggled to get into good positions to receive the ball, and ended up supplying through balls to Marcus Rashford and Jadon Sancho. He also took two shots from outside the box, to no avail. 

1. England Self-destruct, as Always

John Stones stole the headlines in this game, but for all the wrong reasons. 

After stoutly defending against Netherlands' constantly mobile front three of Ryan Babel, Memphis Depay and Steven Bergwijn for the first 70 minutes, England's defence fell flat late on in the game and then in extra-time, particularly City centre-back Stones. 

The Englishman followed coach Southgate's instructions of playing out of the back, but two poor decisions led to two goals, with Memphis Depay and Quincy Promes heavily involved in both. 

He was also at fault for the opening goal when he lost De Ligt on the corner, allowing the Dutchman space and room to power home the header.

Three things we learnt from Netherlands' 3-1 win over England in the Nations League semi-final