Holland 3-2 Wales: Deja vu for Rob Page’s side as Memphis Depay snatches winner in dying seconds just moments after Gareth Bale thought he had secured comeback draw with a penalty in a thrilling clash
For the second time in a week, Wales thought they had claimed a point against Holland with an injury-time goal only for the Dutch to steal victory in the final seconds.
Gareth Bale’s late penalty looked to have earned a draw for Rob Page’s side, who then watched as Bale’s fellow substitute Memphis Depay converted almost immediately. It was exactly the same story last week, when Rhys Norrington-Davies levelled after the 90-minute mark – seconds before Wout Weghorst sealed the points.
Earlier, Frenkie de Jong had showcased the skills that have made him Manchester United’s top summer target as the home side raced into a 2-0 lead through Noa Lang and Cody Gakpo
Brennan Johnson quickly pulled one back for the visitors who then claimed their second through Bale’s penalty – but Depay had the final word.
Weghorst’s late winner in Cardiff last week ended Wales’ three-and-a-half-year unbeaten home record and the Dutch picked up where they had left off here.
With De Jong running the show, the home side were quickly into their stride and Lang gave them the lead in the 17th minute, outwitting Wes Burns and drilling home from 18 yards.
Six minutes later, Gakpo made it two when the winger’s first effort rebounded perfectly for him and he gave Wayne Hennessey no chance with an angled drive.
At that stage it looked as though Wales could be on the end of a heavy defeat yet Page’s injury-hit side have an iron will, and they fought back with a marvellous goal in the 26th minute.
Harry Wilson dropped deep to play a fine pass to Johnson, and the finish was even better – a first-time strike from the edge of the box that was laser-guided into the bottom-left corner.
Johnson nearly had his second just before the interval when he caught Jesper Cillessen napping, forcing the goalkeeper into a panicked clearance.
Bale and Ramsey were both brought on for the second half and Bale kept his nerve when Connor Roberts was fouled by Tyrell Malacia.
And then came the sucker punch as Depay pounced from close range following some uncertain defending.