Depay grabs brace in Dutch victory

MEMPHIS Depay scored twice and provided assists for Liverpool duo Georginio Wijnaldum and Virgil van Dijk as the Netherlands thrashed Belarus in their opening Group C Euro 2020 qualifier.

The Dutch took a first-minute lead when Depay punished a sloppy backpass before his backheel pass was converted by Wijnaldum in Rotterdam.

The Reds midfielder then earned a penalty from a foul by Mikhail Sivakov.

Depay converted before he crossed for Van Dijk to head in a late fourth.

Ronald Koeman’s side, who face England in the Nations League semi-finals in June, host Germany in an eagerly anticipated clash on Sunday.

Northern Ireland defeated Estonia 2-0 in Thursday’s other Group C qualifier. – BBC

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