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World CupBelgium 1-4 Netherlands

Belgium 1-4 Netherlands

The Netherlands begin their Nations League campaign with a 4-1 hammering of Belgium at the King Baudouin Stadium.

It is Belgium’s heaviest defeat at home since 2008, putting them under pressure from the off in Group A4.

Steven Bergwijn put the visitors ahead in the first half before Memphis Depay scored early in the second period.

Denzel Dumfries notched a third with a close-range finish and Depay put the icing on the cake with a fine strike on the half-volley.

Michy Batshuayi got a consolation goal for the hosts, but it was a poor night to say the least for Roberto Martinez’s men.

Starting lineup:

BELGIUM (3-4-3): Simon Mignolet; Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Dedryck Boyata; Thomas Meunier, Kevin De Bruyne, Axel Witsel, Timothy Castagne; Hans Vanaken, Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard.

NETHERLANDS (3-4-3): Jasper Cillessen; Jurrien Timber, Virgil van Dijk, Nathan Ake; Denzel Dumfries, Davy Klaassen, Frenkie de Jong, Daley Blind; Steven Bergwijn, Steven Berghuis, Memphis Depay.

Goals:

BERGWIJN SCORES A FINE GOAL!!!!!! 1-0 NETHERLANDS!!!! The visitors take the lead as Bergwijn curls a brilliant strike past Mignolet from 25 yards. De Jong works and offload to the forward in space in the final third. Bergwijn turns before connecting with a right-footed effort that travels away from the Belgium keeper and finds the bottom-right corner. Precision from the Tottenham Hotspur man.

DEPAY FINISHES WITH A CLINICAL STRIKE!!!! 2-0 NETHERLANDS!!!!! Depay is played through on goal by Berghuis and he buries a low strike across Mignolet into the bottom-left corner. Onana loses possession after a poor pass from Boyata out from the back. Klaassen makes a sliding challenge before Berghuis releases Depay with an incisive throughball, allowing the forward to finish.

DUMFRIES MAKES IT THREE!!!!! 3-0 NETHERLANDS!!!! Dumfries taps in at the back post to surely secure the win for the visitors tonight. Belgium are caught out at the back as Berghuis curls a strike towards the bottom-left corner. Mignolet makes a god stop by pushing it away from goal, but Blind is first to the rebound. He plays a low ball to the back post where Dumfries is on hand to convert.

DEPAY SCORES, NETHERLANDS ARE RAMPANT!!!!! 4-0!!!!!! Blind flicks the ball on from a long pass forward into Depay, who chests it down before firing past Mignolet on the half-volley. Belgium are caught out at the back by a simple long ball from Timber that Blind works towards Depay. The forward is clinical in the box with a good touch off his chest before firing into the net. All too easy.

BATSHUAYI GETS A CONSOLATION!!!!!! 4-1! The home side get a late goal as Batshuayi steers a close-range finish past Cillessen. Alderweireld lifts a dangerous cross to the back post on his left foot that makes its way through the forward. Batshuayi provides a one-touch finish to find the back of the net.

So, what’s next?

Belgium has to pick themselves up ahead of their second Group A4 game against Poland on Wednesday.

The Netherlands are in action on the same day on the road against Wales.

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