Netherlands 4-0 Montenegro: Memphis Depay stars in important World Cup qualifying win

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Last updated on 4 September 20214 September 2021.From the section Football

Depay scored his 29th and 30th international goals in the win over MontenegroMemphis Depay scored twice as the Netherlands secured an important World Cup qualifying victory over Montenegro.

The Barcelona forward scored from the penalty spot after he had been hauled down in the box by Dusan Lagator.

He struck his second after the break, lashing in from an angle before Giorginio Wijnaldum struck the third.

Cody Gakpo then curled in the best goal of the night as the Dutch moved second in Group G, a point behind leaders Turkey, who they host on Tuesday.

Follow live text commentary of Netherlands v MontenegroGakpo’s goal was his first for his country and scored on the ground he plays his club football for PSV Eindhoven on.

Depay now has 30 for his country and nine in his last nine matches.

Along with Wijnaldum’s effort they ensured a thoroughly deserved win – the first of boss Louis van Gaal’s third spell in charge of his country.

Montenegro did have their chances, mainly as a result of sloppy defending from the home side, but Stefan Mugosa was especially wasteful, notably with a shot he sliced wide having been put in on goal by Dutch debutant Tyrell Malacia’s sloppy pass.

They are fourth in the group now on seven points and off the pace for the one automatic spot, with Tuesday’s game in Amsterdam between the top two likely to go a long way to deciding who takes that.

Line-upsNetherlandsFormation 4-3-3

1Bijlow

22Dumfries6de Vrij3de Ligt17Malacia

8Wijnaldum21de Jong14Klaassen

11Berghuis10Depay9Gakpo

1Bijlow22Dumfries6de Vrij3de Ligt17Malacia8WijnaldumSubstituted forde Roonat 73’minutes21de JongSubstituted forTilat 84’minutes14Klaassen11Berghuis10Depay9GakpoSubstituted forBergwijnat 77’minutesBooked at 84minsSubstitutes2Timber4van Dijk5Aké7Bergwijn12Til13Krul15de Roon16Gravenberch18Malen19Weghorst20Koopmeiners23DrommelMontenegroFormation 4-4-2

1Sarkic

7Vesovic15Savic6Tomasevic3Radunovic

23Marusic19Scekic2Lagator20Osmajic

8Bozovic9Mugosa

1Sarkic7VesovicSubstituted forVukcevicat 52’minutesBooked at 78mins15SavicBooked at 20minsSubstituted forSimicat 45’minutes6Tomasevic3Radunovic23MarusicSubstituted forHaksabanovicat 63’minutes19ScekicSubstituted forVujnovicat 77’minutes2LagatorBooked at 36mins20OsmajicBooked at 67mins8BozovicSubstituted forRaickovicat 63’minutes9MugosaSubstitutes4Vukcevic5Vukcevic10Djurdjevic11Beqiraj12Mijatovic13Dragojevic14Martinovic16Raickovic17Haksabanovic18Vujnovic21Ivanovic22SimicReferee:Jesús Gil Manzano

Attendance:20,458

Live TextMatch ends, Netherlands 4, Montenegro 0.

Second Half ends, Netherlands 4, Montenegro 0.

Foul by Memphis Depay (Netherlands).

Milos Raickovic (Montenegro) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Guus Til (Netherlands) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Tyrell Malacia.

Corner, Netherlands. Conceded by Risto Radunovic.

Foul by Memphis Depay (Netherlands).

Marko Simic (Montenegro) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

Attempt blocked. Tyrell Malacia (Netherlands) left footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Memphis Depay.

Steven Bergwijn (Netherlands) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

Foul by Steven Bergwijn (Netherlands).

Nikola Vujnovic (Montenegro) wins a free kick on the right wing.

Substitution, Netherlands. Guus Til replaces Frenkie de Jong.

Corner, Netherlands. Conceded by Marko Vukcevic.

Offside, Netherlands. Marten de Roon tries a through ball, but Memphis Depay is caught offside.

Attempt missed. Matthijs de Ligt (Netherlands) header from the centre of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Steven Berghuis with a cross following a corner.

Corner, Netherlands. Conceded by Dusan Lagator.

Attempt blocked. Stefan de Vrij (Netherlands) right footed shot from outside the box is blocked. Assisted by Frenkie de Jong.

Attempt blocked. Frenkie de Jong (Netherlands) right footed shot from the left side of the box is blocked. Assisted by Steven Bergwijn.

Marko Vukcevic (Montenegro) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

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