Holland 0-1 Mexico: Frank de Boer loses his first game in charge after taking over from Ronald Koeman as Wolves striker Raul Jimenez grabs the winner
- Holland lost 1-0 to Mexico in their first game under new manager Frank de Boer
- De Boer hoped to prove the doubters wrong with his return to the Dutch
- However, Gerardo Martino’s side deprived him of that with a 60th minute goal
- Raul Jimenez was taken down in the box and scored a penalty to put them ahead
De Boer had hoped to prove the doubters wrong with his return to the dugout with his country but Gerardo Martino’s side deprived him of that opportunity with a 60th minute goal.
It was Wolves striker Raul Jimenez, who found the net from the penalty spot to see Mexico triumph over the Oranje in the second half of the game.
Holland lost 1-0 to Mexico in their first game under new manager Frank de Boer (above)
The 29-year-old was taken down by Nathan Ake in the penalty box in the 57th minute before being awarded a spot kick to put Mexico ahead at the Johan Cruyff Arena.
The Dutch twice came close to equalising in the 88th minute, but substitute Luuk de Jong headed straight at goalkeeper Alfredo Talavera and Memphis Depay smashed the rebound against the bar from close range.
It is clear Mexico have found stability under head coach Martino since he took over in January 2019.
The result against Holland has seen the 57-year-old claim a victory in his first game in Europe at the national team’s manager.
Raul Jimenez was taken down in the box and scored a penalty to put them ahead in the 60th
The penalty proved to be the difference between the two sides at the Johan Cruyff Arena
Holland’s Nathan Ake (right) was responsible for the penalty that saw Mexico win the game
While De Boer said he had a ‘bad feeling’ about the game as it appears his team lacked the fluency it developed under Koeman.
‘Of course it’s a bad feeling. You always want to win,’ De Boer said. Although he did add that he refrained from playing his strongest side as they have two Nations League matches over the next week.
He picked two debutants, left back Owen Wijndal and midfielder Teun Koopmeiners. He also gave goalkeeper Tim Krul his first international start in five years.
Holland will face Bosnia in Zenica on Sunday and Italy in Bergamo on Wednesday in the UEFA Nations League.
Holland did, however, come close to equalising on two occasions in the 88th minute