Netherlands have their first win of the World Cup qualifying campaign after a 4-1 victory over Belarus in Rotterdam. 

janssen-neth-belOn their return to De Kuip, Netherlands began the game looking like a side determined to net early and created several chances in the first ten minutes with Kevin Strootman shooting wide, while Vincent Janssen saw two good efforts fail to result in a goal.

Finally after fifteen minutes the opener came and it was Quincy Promes who got it with a low strike into the bottom corner after Belarus failed to clear a cross. His first goal for the national team was quickly followed by his second on the half hour mark with a volley from the edge of the box. In between the two strikes Virgil van Dijk also had the ball in the net, but his goal was wrongly ruled out for offside.

Going forward Netherlands looked constantly dangerous but at the back there was the usual uncertainty and before the break Belarus were gifted opportunities to get themselves back in the game but both Mikhail Gordeychuk and Ivan Maevski couldn’t capitalise on errors by Virgil van Dijk and Jeffrey Bruma. A minute into the second half Belarus did punish the Dutch defence with Aleksei Rios firing past Maarten Stekelenburg from close range after meeting Sergey Kornilenko’s cross.

Any nerves inside the stadium were quickly quashed as Davy Klaassen restored the two goal lead when he followed up on the rebound after Janssen’s strike came back off the post. Janssen then sealed the victory after the hour mark with a superb solo goal, picking the ball up on the half-way line before racing towards goal and smashing a strike into the top corner from the edge of the box.

Wijnaldum then hit the post late on as Netherlands comfortably saw out the rest of the game and registered their first three points on route to Russia. The victory moves Netherlands onto four points, level with Sweden and France who also won on Friday. France visit Amsterdam on Monday in a crucial tie.

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