Netherlands were far from convincing but a second half double from Memphis Depay ensured a 3-1 victory in Luxembourg.

memphis-eefjfksMuch of the build-up to the game was focused on the return of captain Arjen Robben to the national team, and the Bayern Munich winger showed Oranje fans what they had been missing with the opening goal on 36 minutes. Robben raced onto a Davy Klaassen flick before sliding the ball calmly into the net.


Robben was behind any of Netherland good play in the first half and he had already gone close before his goal with a strike that was well saved by Ralph Schon, while the Luxembourg keeper also denied both Georginio Wijnaldum and Klaassen.

Luxembourg had looked dangerous on the counter-attack at times and just before half time they were awarded a penalty with Joshua Brenet penalised for a clumsy challenge on Daniel Da Mota. Maxime Chanot slotted the penalty past Maarten Stekelenburg to put the pressure on Netherlands at half time. To make matters worse Robben didn’t appear after the break with the winger suffering an injury in the first half, while Danny Blind also subbed the ineffective Wesley Sneijder.

Memphis Depay was one of the substitutes brought on at the break and the Manchester United winger proved to be Oranje’s savior in the second half. Firstly the attacker powered a header into the net from Daley Blind’s cross before Memphis sealed the win late on with a curling free-kick into the bottom corner.

The victory may not have been pretty but it lifts Netherlands up to 2nd in the group and three points behind France. Next up for Netherlands is a trip to Bulgaria in March.

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