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.

Line-ups

Netherlands

  • 1Cillessen
  • 22DumfriesSubstituted forTeteat 68′minutesSubstituted forat 70′minutes
  • 3de Ligt
  • 4van Dijk
  • 17Blind
  • 15de RoonBooked at 34minsSubstituted forPröpperat 45′minutes
  • 21de Jong
  • 7Bergwijn
  • 8Wijnaldum
  • 9BabelSubstituted forPromesat 59′minutes
  • 10Depay

Substitutes

  • 2Tete
  • 5Aké
  • 6Pröpper
  • 11Promes
  • 12van Aanholt
  • 13Zoet
  • 14Berghuis
  • 16Strootman
  • 18Vilhena
  • 19de Jong
  • 20van de Beek
  • 23Bizot

Belarus

  • 16Gorbunov
  • 4Shitov
  • 3Martynovich
  • 17Sivakov
  • 5Polyakov
  • 18Maevski
  • 2DragunBooked at 30minsSubstituted forLaptevat 87′minutes
  • 7KovalevSubstituted forSavitskiat 79′minutes
  • 14PutsilaBooked at 32mins
  • 22Stasevich
  • 13SignevichSubstituted forSarokaat 63′minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Chichkan
  • 6Rios
  • 8Savitski
  • 9Laptev
  • 10Hleb
  • 11Saroka
  • 12Klimovich
  • 15Kislyak
  • 19Volodko
  • 20Kendysh
  • 21Volkov
  • 23Nekhajchik
Referee:
Davide Massa

Match Stats

Home TeamNetherlandsAway TeamBelarus
Possession
Home62%
Away38%
Shots
Home10
Away8
Shots on Target
Home6
Away1
Corners
Home3
Away5
Fouls
Home14
Away10

Live Text

Match ends, Netherlands 4, Belarus 0.

Full Time

Second Half ends, Netherlands 4, Belarus 0.

Attempt missed. Pavel Savitski (Belarus) right footed shot from the centre of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Igor Shitov.

Georginio Wijnaldum (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Aleksandr Martynovich (Belarus).

Attempt missed. Anton Saroka (Belarus) header from the centre of the box is close, but misses the top left corner. Assisted by Igor Shitov.

Foul by Matthijs de Ligt (Netherlands).

Denis Laptev (Belarus) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Foul by Quincy Promes (Netherlands).

Denis Polyakov (Belarus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Memphis Depay (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Anton Putsila (Belarus).

Substitution

Substitution, Belarus. Denis Laptev replaces Stanislav Dragun.

Goal!

Goal! Netherlands 4, Belarus 0. Virgil van Dijk (Netherlands) header from very close range to the centre of the goal. Assisted by Memphis Depay following a corner.

Attempt saved. Memphis Depay (Netherlands) right footed shot from the right side of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Steven Bergwijn.

Corner, Netherlands. Conceded by Andrey Gorbunov.

Attempt saved. Memphis Depay (Netherlands) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the centre of the goal. Assisted by Georginio Wijnaldum.

Foul by Georginio Wijnaldum (Netherlands).

Ivan Maevski (Belarus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Corner, Belarus. Conceded by Virgil van Dijk.

Substitution

Substitution, Belarus. Pavel Savitski replaces Yuri Kovalev.

Corner, Belarus. Conceded by Jasper Cillessen.

Attempt saved. Igor Stasevich (Belarus) right footed shot from the centre of the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Aleksandr Martynovich.

Foul by Frenkie de Jong (Netherlands).

Stanislav Dragun (Belarus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Kenny Tete went off injured after Netherlands had used all subs.

Substitution

Substitution, Netherlands. Kenny Tete replaces Denzel Dumfries.

Foul by Georginio Wijnaldum (Netherlands).

Stanislav Dragun (Belarus) wins a free kick on the left wing.

Memphis Depay (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Foul by Igor Stasevich (Belarus).

Foul by Denzel Dumfries (Netherlands).

Denis Polyakov (Belarus) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Substitution

Substitution, Belarus. Anton Saroka replaces Nikolai Signevich.

Corner, Belarus. Conceded by Virgil van Dijk.

Foul by Georginio Wijnaldum (Netherlands).

Ivan Maevski (Belarus) wins a free kick in the attacking half.

Substitution

Substitution, Netherlands. Quincy Promes replaces Ryan Babel.

Offside, Netherlands. Georginio Wijnaldum tries a through ball, but Memphis Depay is caught offside.

Goal!

Goal! Netherlands 3, Belarus 0. Memphis Depay (Netherlands) converts the penalty with a right footed shot to the bottom left corner.

goal

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