Depay stars as Netherlands rout Belarus

Memphis Depay struck twice as Netherlands’ Euro 2020 qualifying campaign began with a convincing 4-0 victory over Belarus at the De Kuip Stadium.

Ronald Koeman’s side got off to a flyer when Depay seized upon a weak back pass, side stepped visiting keeper Andrey Gorbunov and coolly fired home from a narrow angle inside 50 seconds. 

The former Manchester United forward, now with Lyon, has emerged as a talismanic presence for his country, and he was at it again on 21 minutes when his inventive back heel set up Liverpool‘s Gini Wijnaldum to net his third goal in his last four outings for his country. 

The Dutch played well within themselves for long spells but wrapped up the points just after the interval when Depay coolly converted from the penalty spot.

The home side were forced to see out the last 20 minutes with 10 men after their final substitute of the night, Kenny Tete pulled up with what appeared to be a hamstring problem within seconds of taking to the field. However, it did not stop Oranje adding further gloss to the scoreline as captain Virgil van Dijk nodded in Depay’s cross from close range four minutes from time. 

Next up in Group C, in-form Netherlands host Germany on Sunday while Belarus visit Northern Ireland.

Kenny Tete of Holland, Memphis Depay of Holland during the EURO Qualifier match between Holland v Belarus at the Feyenoord Stadium on March 21, 2019 in Rotterdam Netherlands

Kenny Tete of Holland, Memphis Depay of Holland during the EURO Qualifier match between Holland v Belarus at the Feyenoord Stadium on March 21, 2019 in Rotterdam Netherlands Getty Images

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