Netherlands are not top of their Euro 2020 qualification group after a difficult 3-1 win over Northern Ireland in De Kuip.

Ronald Koeman decided to start with Marten de Roon in midfielder over Donny van de Beek, while Steven Bergwijn was preferred in attack.

The Netherlands boss had a go at his players for their attitude in training this week and he wont have been happy with their performance in the first-half.

Oranje dominated possession but created no chances of note in a poor 45 minutes that saw Northern Ireland contain the hosts with ease.

After the break, Netherlands continued to struggle and Koeman eventually turned to van de Beek and Donyell Malen for Ryan Babel and De Roon. A big chance soon followed but Bergwijn couldn’t net after being set up by Memphis Depay.

Jonny Evens cleared a Georginio Wijnaldum effort of the line as Netherlands finally started to look lively. However, Northern Ireland then stunned De Kuip in the 75th minute as Josh Magennis rose above De Ligt to head in a cross.

Netherlands response was swift as Memphis stabbed a Malen cross into the bottom corner to make it 1-1.

The game seemed to be heading for a draw but in the first minute of added time, Luuk de Jong found the net at his second attempt at the back post to make it 2-1. Frenkie de Jong then strode forward before setting up Memphis to score his second and seal a 3-1 win.

Netherlands now go top of the group but are on the same points as Germany and Northern Ireland. On Sunday, Oranje travel to Belarus.




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