Netherlands U21’s defeated Portugal U21’s 4-2 in a European Championship qualifier thanks to three AZ Alkmaar talents.

Myron Boadu made his first start for Jong Oranje up front, flanked by AZ teammate Calvin Stengs and Justin Kluivert.

After only eight minutes, Boadu got Jong Oranje off to a great start with a tap-in after being set up by Stengs. The 18-year-old nearly made it 2-0 but his shot went over the bar.

Just before the break, Portugal equalised with Diogo Queiro heading past Maarten Paes.

Five minutes into the second half, Netherlands were awarded a penalty for handball and AZ midfielder Teun Koopmeiners made no mistake from the spot to make it 2-1. However, Portugal were then awarded their own penalty for a foul by Owen Wijndal and Gedson Fernandes equalised.

After the goal, Erwin van de Looi brought on Cody Gakpo for Kluivert and the PSV attacker played a big role in the third Netherlands goal in the 84th minute. Gakpo found Stengs with a good pass and the AZ star then set up Boadu again for a tap-in.

The excellent Stengs then sealed the victory late on with a fine finish from the edge of the box.

Netherlands have now won their opening two games and can now prepare for a clash with Norway on Tuesday.




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