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Northern Ireland Netherlands 5-0 Estonia: Wijnaldum hat-trick as Dutch thrash Estonia


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Northern Ireland Netherlands 5-0 Estonia: Wijnaldum hat-trick as Dutch thrash Estonia

Wijnaldum opened the scoring on six minutesLiverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum scored a hat-trick as the Netherlands thrashed Estonia in Euro 2020 qualifying Group C. Ronald Koeman’s side had already qualified for the finals thanks to the point earned against Northern Ireland. But despite this emphatic victory in Amsterdam the Dutch did not top the group…

Northern Ireland Netherlands 5-0 Estonia: Wijnaldum hat-trick as Dutch thrash Estonia

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Northern Ireland Georginio Wijnaldum opens the scoring for the Netherlands

Wijnaldum opened the scoring on six minutes

Liverpool midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum scored a hat-trick as the Netherlands thrashed Estonia in Euro 2020 qualifying Group C.

Ronald Koeman’s side had already qualified for the finals thanks to the point earned against Northern Ireland.

But despite this emphatic victory in Amsterdam the Dutch did not top the group as Germany thumped Northern Ireland 6-1 in Frankfurt.

Bournemouth defender Nathan Ake and 18-year-old Myron Boadu also scored.

Wijnaldum – who was captain for the game in the absence of Liverpool team-mate Virgil van Dijk – is the first midfielder to score a hat-trick for the Netherlands since Johan Neeskens in 1972.

The former Newcastle player headed the Dutch in front in the sixth minute after he rose to meet a cross from Ajax forward Quincy Promes.

Ake doubled the Netherlands’ lead soon after with another header to put Koeman’s men in control within 18 minutes.

Wijnaldum’s further goals came thanks to two assists from 20-year-old Calvin Stengs, who was making his debut for the national side.

Fellow debutant Myron Boadu completed the scoring after latching on to Kevin Strootman’s through ball.

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At 18 years and 309 days, Boadu is the youngest player to score for the Netherlands since Ryan Babel in 2005.

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