Memphis Depay missed an added-time penalty as Netherlands fell short of completing a famous fightback in a Nations League draw against Poland.
Louis van Gaal’s side dominated for long periods but fell behind to Matty Cash’s angled drive from 20 yards.
Przemyslaw Frankowski then beat the Dutch offside trap to tee up a tap in for Piotr Zielinski to extend the Poles’ lead just after the break.
But Davy Klaassen prodded in for the hosts before Denzel Dumfries levelled.
And after appearing to be in serious trouble, the Dutch almost made it three wins from three in their Nations League campaign when Cash was adjudged to have handled late on after a VAR check.
However, Barcelona forward Depay sliced his penalty and saw it deflect away off the right post.
Ajax midfielder Klaassen had earlier sparked the home side’s recovery, expertly steering in a deflected cross from club team-mate Daley Blind, while Inter Milan right-back Dumfries found the right corner after being played in by Depay.
It was no more than the hosts deserved, with Blind and Depay both also spurning other excellent opportunities to get on the scoresheet.
- 2TimberSubstituted forTezeat 64′minutes
- 6de Vrij
- 11BerghuisBooked at 59minsSubstituted forKoopmeinersat 65′minutes
- 14KlaassenSubstituted forGakpoat 65′minutes
- 21de JongBooked at 86mins
- 7BergwijnBooked at 63minsSubstituted forWeghorstat 77′minutes
- 3de Ligt
- 4Martins Indi
- 12SkorupskiBooked at 63mins
- 5BednarekBooked at 20mins
- 10KrychowiakBooked at 16mins
- 6GóralskiSubstituted forZurkowskiat 58′minutesBooked at 86mins
- 7FrankowskiSubstituted forGlikat 84′minutes
- 20ZielinskiBooked at 83mins
Match ends, Netherlands 2, Poland 2.
Second Half ends, Netherlands 2, Poland 2.
Attempt missed. Grzegorz Krychowiak (Poland) right footed shot from more than 35 yards is high and wide to the right. Assisted by Szymon Zurkowski following a fast break.
Teun Koopmeiners (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Krzysztof Piatek (Poland).
Attempt missed. Denzel Dumfries (Netherlands) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses to the right. Assisted by Frenkie de Jong following a corner.
Corner, Netherlands. Conceded by Lukasz Skorupski.
Attempt saved. Memphis Depay (Netherlands) header from the centre of the box is saved in the top right corner. Assisted by Cody Gakpo with a cross.
Penalty missed! Still Netherlands 2, Poland 2. Memphis Depay (Netherlands) hits the right post with a right footed shot.
VAR Decision: Penalty Netherlands.
Penalty conceded by Matthew Cash (Poland) with a hand ball in the penalty area.
Attempt saved. Memphis Depay (Netherlands) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Cody Gakpo.
Frenkie de Jong (Netherlands) is shown the yellow card.
Szymon Zurkowski (Poland) is shown the yellow card.
Attempt missed. Jordan Teze (Netherlands) right footed shot from outside the box is too high.
Attempt blocked. Jordan Teze (Netherlands) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Teun Koopmeiners.
Substitution, Poland. Kamil Glik replaces Przemyslaw Frankowski.
Piotr Zielinski (Poland) is shown the yellow card.
Memphis Depay (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the attacking half.
Foul by Piotr Zielinski (Poland).