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Netherlands sail past Belarus

Afp, Rotterdam

23 March, 2019 12:00 AM printer

Netherlands sail past Belarus

Memphis Depay celebrates after scoring a goal against Belarus on Thursday.

Memphis Depay dazzled for the Netherlands with a brace and two assists as they cruised past Belarus 4-0 in their opening Euro 2020 qualifier on Thursday despite having to play the final 20 minutes with 10 men.

Depay set the Dutch on their way just seconds into the match and slotted home a second-half penalty after setting up Georginio Wijnaldum for an simple second 21 minutes in, before crossing for Virgil van Dijk to nod in the fourth with his side down to 10 after final substitute Kenny Tete limped off with a hamstring injury.

“The first goal was good because it was the outside of my foot, but I also enjoyed the flick that set up the second,“ said Depay.

Ronald Koeman’s exciting young side shoot straight to the top of Group C, level on three points with Northern Ireland, ahead of Sunday’s clash with Germany, who they knocked out of the Nations League the last time they met in November.

The Dutch have been a revelation since Koeman took charge in the wake of their failure to qualify for the 2018 World Cup, beating both the Germans and world champions France to win their Nations League group and set up a semi-final clash with England in June.