Dutch thrash Belgium after Lukaku harm


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Netherlands players celebrate a goal from Memphis Depay (centre) in Belgium
The Netherlands and Belgium are in a Nations League group with Wales and Poland

The Netherlands started their Nations League marketing campaign with a dominant win towards a dire Belgium, who additionally misplaced Romelu Lukaku to harm.

Memphis Depay was the Dutch star, scoring two beautifully taken close-range objectives within the rout in Brussels.

Tottenham’s Steven Bergwijn was additionally heading in the right direction, netting a long-range opener, with Denzel Dumfries scoring the opposite through a close-range tap-in.

Michy Batshuayi headed a comfort for Belgium in added time.

It was a irritating evening total, although, for the Crimson Devils, with Timothy Castagne placing the bar with a rising shot with the rating at 0-0 and the Leicester participant additionally seeing a purpose dominated out by VAR after Batshuayi was noticed in an offside place within the build-up.

Dries Mertens additionally struck the woodwork with an angled shot late within the recreation for Roberto Martinez’s staff.

Something however a good-looking win would have been scant reward for what was an outstanding show from the hard-working, skilful Netherlands staff.

The victory extends Dutch supervisor Louis van Gaal’s unbeaten begin to his second spell as Dutch boss to 10 matches.

Good Dutch ship ominous warning

The Netherlands are clearly trying to make up for misplaced time, having didn’t qualify for the 2018 World Cup and misplaced within the final eight of Euro 2020.

Having survived Castagne’s early strike towards the woodwork, they took full management of this Group A4 conflict, assisted by Lukaku limping from the sector after a conflict with Nathan Ake, stripping the house facet of their chief attacking risk.

It provides additional distress after what has been a disappointing membership season for Lukaku, who would have anticipated a larger return than 15 objectives after his big-money transfer from Inter Milan final summer time.

Romelu Lukaku
Lukaku got here into Friday’s recreation with considerations over his health and lasted solely 27 minutes

There have been no such attacking points for the Dutch, although.

Virtually as spectacular as the best way they repeatedly carved open a weak Belgian defence was their fierce urgent from the entrance, which noticed them steal the ball on quite a few events to arrange alternatives.

Depay will take a lot of the reward for his coolness in entrance of purpose, however credit score can be on account of Bergwijn, who has not typically appeared the half at Tottenham however offered additional proof right here that he’s greatest not written off.

With expertise throughout the pitch and the likes of Matthijs de Ligt, Teun Koopmeiners, Noa Lang and extra in reserve, they could possibly be one to look at not solely on this Nations League however in Qatar on the finish of the yr.

In distinction, Belgium look to be working out of time if they’re lastly to capitalise on the skills of their lauded golden technology.

They have been booed from the sector at full-time and can count on significantly better after they journey to Wales on 8 June, the identical day that the Netherlands host Poland within the different Group A4 match.



Formation 3-4-3

  • 12Mignolet
  • 2Alderweireld
  • 4Boyata
  • 5Vertonghen
  • 15MeunierSubstituted forCarrascoat 67′minutes
  • 20VanakenSubstituted forMvom Onanaat 45′minutes
  • 6WitselSubstituted forBatshuayiat 67′minutes
  • 21Castagne
  • 9LukakuSubstituted forTrossardat 27′minutes
  • 7De Bruyne
  • 10E HazardSubstituted forMertensat 45′minutesBooked at 47mins


  • 1Sels
  • 3Theate
  • 8Tielemans
  • 11Carrasco
  • 14Mertens
  • 16De Ketelaere
  • 17Trossard
  • 18Mvom Onana
  • 19Dendoncker
  • 22Saelemaekers
  • 23Batshuayi


Formation 3-5-2

  • 1Cillessen
  • 2Timber
  • 4van DijkBooked at 89mins
  • 5AkéSubstituted forde Ligtat 74′minutes
  • 22Dumfries
  • 11BerghuisSubstituted forKoopmeinersat 83′minutes
  • 21de Jong
  • 14Klaassen
  • 17Blind
  • 7Bergwijn
  • 10Depay


  • 3de Ligt
  • 6de Vrij
  • 8Til
  • 9Gakpo
  • 12Lang
  • 13Flekken
  • 15Hateboer
  • 16Malacia
  • 18Teze
  • 19Weghorst
  • 20Koopmeiners
  • 23Krul

José María Sánchez Martínez


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