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Netherlands thrash Belgium after Lukaku injury

The Netherlands began their Nations League campaign with a dominant win against a dire Belgium, who also lost Romelu Lukaku to injury.

Memphis Depay was the Dutch star, scoring two superbly taken close-range goals in the rout in Brussels.

Tottenham’s Steven Bergwijn was also on target, netting a long-range opener, with Denzel Dumfries scoring the other via a close-range tap-in.

Michy Batshuayi headed a consolation for Belgium in added time.

It was a frustrating night overall, though, for the Red Devils, with Timothy Castagne striking the bar with a rising shot with the score at 0-0 and the Leicester player also seeing a goal ruled out by VAR after Batshuayi was spotted in an offside position in the build-up.

Dries Mertens also struck the woodwork with an angled shot late in the game for Roberto Martinez’s team.

Anything but a handsome win would have been scant reward for what was a superb display from the hard-working, skilful Netherlands team.

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

Source: BBC

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