Netherland's Memphis Depay (C) exchanges his shirt with Italy's Leonardo Spinazzola (R) during the friendly football match between The Netherlands and Italy at the Arena Stadium, on March 28, 2017 in Amsterdam. / AFP / JOHN THYS
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The Lyon striker has recorded only five goals in 28 international appearances.His tattooed back and recent failures to find the net are emblematic of the state of the national sport in the Netherlands.Those two players and Robin van Persie have partially papered over the cracks in Dutch football at big tournaments – Sneijder was one of the top scorers as the Netherlands reached the World Cup final in South Africa in 2010, and Robben's speed and skill were the driving force behind the Dutch team's progression to the semifinals four years later in Brazil.The Dutch still have a passing game, it just doesn't take them toward the goal often enough.In Sofia Saturday, Dutch players completed 633 passes to Bulgaria's 130 and enjoyed 70 percent of possession, but only managed three shots on target.
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