The Warmdown: Scotland come close to huge win
ALMANCIL - (lr) Kevin Nisbet of Scotland, Scotland goalkeeper Craig Gordon, Holland goalkeeper Tim Krul during the friendly match between the Netherlands and Scotland at Estadio Algarve on June 02, 2021 in Almancil, Portugal. KOEN VAN WEEL W (Photo by ANP Sport via Getty Images)

Scotland came close to causing a huge upset drawing 2-2 against the Netherlands in the Estadio de Algarve.

The Netherlands came into this game with of course no Virgil Van Dijk as well as Jasper Cillesen, who will join the side later on after a positive COVID-19 test. 

Two comfortable wins against Latvia and Gibraltar proceeded this game for the Dutchmen who will look to top their Euro 2020 group. 

Scotland came into the tie with six of their regular appearance makers left in Scotland after John Fleck's positive COVID-19 test. 

David Marshall, Stephen O'Donnell, Nathan Patterson, Grant Hanley, John McGinn and Che Adams were all left at home as an extra precaution, despite testing negative multiple times.

Steve Clarke's men beat the Faroe Islands 4-0 in their last match and took that momentum into this fixture, narrowly missing out on a crucial win.

  • Felt hard done by

Scotland will do well not to feel hard done by after taking the lead twice, first through Jack Hendry who drilled one low from the edge of the box 12 minutes in. Memphis Depay got his first of two as he equalised only five minutes later through a tidy volley.

Just like in the first half, Scotland took the lead in the second with Hibernian's Kevin Nisbet transitioning his strong domestic form into international football. Having come on the field minutes earlier Nsibet finished off a nice move by slotting home Andrew Robertson's cross. 

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Depay's second came from a superb free-kick at the edge of the area which was whipped beautifully into the net in the 89th minute. A moment of brilliance prevented Scotland from picking up a huge win heading into the Euros and the Scottish camp will feel hard done by conceding a free-kick late on. 

Despite, not winning the contest Clarke's men made a great account of themselves and put their fellow group members on notice. 

  • Day of Debuts

David Turnbull and Billy Gilmour both made their national team debuts tonight with the latter being subbed on for the former in the 81st minute. At 21 and 19 respectively, Scotland fans will be happy to see their two young talented midfielders, not only get minutes but put in solid performances against one of Europes best. 

  • Magic Memphis

Recent history in international competitions hasn't been as kind to the Dutch as the fans would have liked but during all their struggles they have been able to rely on Olympique Lyon striker Depay. 

Domestically, Depay scored 22 and assisted 12 in 40 appearances this season. On the international stage, he has bagged 23 in 62, with the two tonight being right up there with some of his best. 

The 37-year-old will lead the attack and is likely to be the first name on the team sheet when it comes to the Dutch attacking options. 

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