Wijnaldum double ends De Boer's wait for victory

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A friendly loss to Mexico and three consecutive draws, most recently against Spain on Friday, amounted to an inauspicious start for Ronald Koeman's successor with Oranje.

Things were looking up when Liverpool's Wijnaldum scored twice inside the first 13 minutes at Johan Cruijff ArenA on Monday (AEDT), and a further strike from Memphis Depay made certain of the victory.

Smail Prevljak pulled a goal back for Bosnia-Herzegovina but the Netherlands fully deserved the three points that kept their hopes of finishing top of their group alive.

Wijnaldum broke through in the sixth minute in when he converted from Denzel Dumfries' pass after a fine move involving Depay.

Miralem Pjanic blasted over from a promising position and Bosnia-Herzegovina were promptly punished, Wijnaldum turning in his second goal after Steven Berghuis nodded Memphis Depay's cross back across the box.

It should have been 3-0 when Luuk de Jong tapped in from Berghuis' cut-back but the assistant referee incorrectly raised his flag for offside, with no VAR present to correct the call.

Goalkeeper Ibrahim Secic kept Bosnia-Herzegovina in the contest early in the second half, denying Berghuis after good work from Depay and then saving low to keep out the Lyon man's strike.

He could do nothing to stop Depay from making it 3-0 in the 55th minute, though, the forward tapping in a simple finish after Dumfries charged through a challenge from Sead Kolasinac.

Prevljak got a goal back with his first touch, firing low past Tim Krul with his team's first shot on target after 63 minutes of play.


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