Memphis Depay scored a double because the Netherlands ended 25 years with out success in opposition to neighbours Belgium with a 4-1 thumping of their hosts within the Nations League in Brussels on Friday.
Steven Bergwijn and Denzel Dumfries netted the opposite two targets because the Dutch ended Belgium’s nearly six-year unbeaten residence document in a stark reversal for the crew, who had topped the FIFA rankings for 3 years till being lately deposed.
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Bergwijn hammered residence from outdoors the field within the fortieth minute to present the Dutch a deserved halftime lead earlier than Depay and Dumfries added extra within the second half in a decisive efficiency.
Belgium, who misplaced Romelu Lukaku to damage early on, scored a comfort three minutes into stoppage time via Michy Batshuayi however had been badly uncovered on the again and the end result will come as a critical setback because the put together for the World Cup later this yr.
The Dutch, who final beat Belgium in 1997 and had gone eight derbies with out success since, ripped aside the house defence within the second half as Depay added the second within the 51st minute on a counter assault after a midfield steal from Davy Klaassen and a fast cross down the center from Steven Berghuis.
Fullback Daley Blind reacted quickest to a rebound off a save from a Berghuis shot 11 minutes later to arrange the third aim with a cross throughout the face of the aim that Dumfries tucked in on the again submit.
Blind then supplied one other help three minutes after that with a header into the trail of Depay, who skilfully took the ball down off along with his thigh earlier than thumping it previous Simon Mignolet from shut vary.
“That this worldwide match comes after a gruelling season shouldn’t be an excuse. Actually not while you play in opposition to the Netherlands,” stated Mignolet.
“We should be taught from this. You may’t simply let such a defeat cross you by.”
Belgium did look to attain a comfort aim 13 minutes from time however Michy Batshuayi was offside within the build-up to Timothy Castagne placing the ball within the web. A VAR test denied Belgium a aim however they did get a comfort proper on the finish of the match.
Belgium final misplaced a house sport in pleasant in opposition to Spain in September 2016 when coach Roberto Martinez took cost of his first sport.
Dutch captain Virgil van Dijk stated he was not shocked by the away win.
“We analysed them nicely and we executed our plans, we did it very nicely,” he stated. “It was a superb evening.”