Netherlands vs. Italy: 6 Things We Learned from This International Friendly

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Netherlands vs. Italy: 6 Things We Learned from This International Friendly
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The Netherlands will be disappointed after drawing with Italy at the Amsterdam ArenA, having dominated the game before finally succumbing to Italian pressure at the death. 

Marco Verratti equalised for the Azzurri with a 92nd-minute strike, having battled through from midfield to be set-up by Andrea Pirlo.

It was Jeremain Lens who gave Holland a deserved lead in the first half, capping a fine display from the 25-year-old, who earned his ninth cap for the Oranje. 

Unfortunately for the Dutch, they "lost the plot" at the end, to use their manager's words, but overall the game showed positives for both sides and provided some key talking points, which we'll look at now. 

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