Netherlands-England 1-2, the ratings: De Vrij, fatal distraction. The hero is Watkins

Final result: Netherlands-England 1-2

The report cards of the Netherlands (edited by Raimondo De Magistris)

Verbruggen 6.5 – Repeatedly engaged in the first half, he takes the stage with excellent interventions. The second half seems much simpler. It seems: the mocking goal has arrived in the final.

Dumfries 6 – The absolute protagonist of the first half, he did everything: he intervened badly on Kane and allowed the Bayern striker to equalise from the penalty spot, then he saved a shot from Foden on the line and, subsequently, hit the crossbar. From the 94th Brobbey sv

The Vrij 5 – Decisive in the defeat of the Netherlands: on the goal that decided the match, the Inter defender was rounded by Ollie Watkins.

Van Dijk 6 – Great confidence in the center of defense even against a very uncomfortable opponent like Kane. In the second half he has a good opportunity available: he could have done better.

Ake 5.5 – Saka and Foden act on his side: a very complicated evening. But as the minutes pass, and with experience, he manages to limit the damage.

Shouten 6 – He trots around looking for his opponents, then Veerman’s entrance gives him a hand and improves his game too.

Reijnders 6 – He doesn’t look out of place in the middle of the pitch, but when the English raise the tempo it’s painful. Luckily for him, after half an hour Southgate’s midfield can no longer go at a thousand miles an hour.

Male 5 – Surprise move by Koeman, he seems to be in his prime with his repeated runs on the edge of offside in the first quarter of an hour. A flash in the pan, it will soon go out. From the 46th Weghorst 5.5 – He fails to give more weight to the orange attack.

Simons 7.5 – Twenty-four hours after Yamal’s shirt, here is another Barcelona youth player protagonist of these semifinals with a beautiful goal. A 30-meter shot that unlocks after a handful of minutes a game that is immediately entertaining and full of episodes. From the 94th Zirkzee sv

Gakpo 5 – Like all Orange strikers, he never manages to cause problems for the England defence. Specifically, the Liverpool striker is never in the thick of the action.

Depay 5 – He never really got going in the first half and left early due to injury. From 35th Veerman 6.5 – His entrance gives more substance to a midfield that until that moment had appeared to be in clear difficulty.

Ronald Koeman 6 – His team leaves with their heads held high and he is also good at correcting himself on the fly with the entry of Veerman. However, on points, England deserved to qualify.

England’s report cards (edited by Paolo Lora Lamia)

Pickford 6.5 – Not very busy in the first half, during which he first could do very little on Simons’ rocket and then had to thank the crossbar for Dumfries’ header. Much more of a protagonist in the second half, when he kept his team afloat with the save on Van Dijk.

Walker 6 – He starts as a right-hand man, but in reality he acts as an additional winger for what he pushes from that side. Better in the first part of the match.

Stones 6 – The City bulwark is imperious in the centre of the area, where he makes his presence felt when called upon.

Guehi 6 – Tidy performance from the left centre-back, calm in the first half and more called upon in the second.

Saka 6 – Together with Walker, he wins the challenge with Gakpo on his wing. He also shows good things in the final meters. From 92′ Konsa sv.

Mainoo 6.5 – Tireless engine of the midfield and one of the best on the pitch in the white jersey. He goes man-to-man on Schouten, suffocating his build-up. Many balls recovered for the United midfielder, but also offensive insertions closed sometimes with a conclusion towards the goal. More contained after the interval, suffering against Veerman.

Rice 6 – Uphill start to the match, losing the ball in the action of the Dutch advantage. He recovers as the minutes pass, but is less impactful than his teammate.

Trippier 6 – Sufficient test on the left in the first half of the game, with more defensive attention than push from his side. From 46′ Shaw 6 – Compared to the teammate he replaces, he carries the ball forward more often, putting it in the middle for the attackers.

Foden 6.5 – Clearly his best match of the European Championship. He towers over the entire offensive front, making himself dangerous several times, but in the first half of the match first Dumfries on the line and then the post deny him the joy of a goal. More in the shadow in the second half like the rest of the team, but he remains one of the best. From the 80th minute Palmer 6.5 – Great entrance for the Chelsea talent, who at the end serves the ball to Watkins which then leads to the final 1-2.

Bellingham 6 – The number 10 touches the ball a lot in the final stretch of the pitch, but does not emerge with the decisive play, neither in the finishing nor in terms of shots on goal. In the final, the whole world will expect more from him.

Kane 7 – He plays his usual game as an advanced director rather than a goalkeeper, having the coolness to convert the penalty for 1-1 that starts the English comeback. From the 80th minute Watkins 7.5 – The man of destiny, the deus ex machina, the one who gives England their second consecutive European final. He comes in to replace a totem like Kane and, just before extra time, scores the goal that sends them through to the next round.

Gareth Southgate 8 – After much criticism, he takes center stage. His England team plays like never before in this European Championship, reacting well to the disadvantage and knowing how to suffer in the second half. He has the courage to remove two pillars like Foden and Kane, but bringing in Palmer and Watkins, the protagonists of the goal that is worth access to the final.