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90' + 3'
M. Batshuayi-Atunga
T. Alderweireld
1 - 4
M. Depay
D. Blind
0 - 4
D. Dumfries
D. Blind
0 - 3
M. Depay
S. Berghuis
0 - 2
S. Bergwijn
F. de Jong
0 - 1

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Shots Off Target
Shots On Target 6 7
Total Passes 496 509
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Pos Team P W D L F A +/- PTS Form
1 Netherlands NED Netherlands 6 5 1 0 14 6 +8 16 W W W D W
2 Belgium BEL Belgium 6 3 1 2 11 8 +3 10 L W W D W
3 Poland POL Poland 6 2 1 3 6 12 -6 7 W L L D L
4 Wales WAL Wales 6 0 1 5 6 11 -5 1 L L L D L




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Belgium have to pick themselves up ahead of their second Group A4 game against Poland on Wednesday. Netherlands are in action on the same day on the road against Wales.
Netherlands begin their Nations League campaign with a 4-1 hammering of Belgium at the King Baudouin Stadium. It is Belgium's heaviest defeat at home since 2008, putting them under pressure from the off in Group A4. Steven Bergwijn put the visitors ahead in the first half before Memphis Depay scored early in the second period. Denzel Dumfries notched a third with a close-range finish and Depay put the icing on the cake with a fine strike on the half-volley. Michy Batshuayi got a consolation goal for the hosts, but it was a poor night to say the least for Roberto Martinez's men.
T. Alderweireld
90' + 3' Alderweireld collects an offload from De Bruyne before cutting back onto his left foot. He curls a cross to the back post for Batshuayi to convert.
M. Batshuayi-Atunga
90' + 3' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! BATSHUAYI GETS A CONSOLATION!!!!!! 4-1! The home side get a late goal as Batshuayi steers a close-range finish past Cillessen. Alderweireld lifts a dangerous cross to the back post on his left foot that makes its way through the forward. Batshuayi provides a one-touch finish to find the back of the net.
90' + 2' Depay looks for his hat-trick with an effort from distance, but he launches his effort harmlessly over the bar.
90' There will be three minutes of added time.
V. van Dijk
Yellow Card
89' Van Dijk goes into the book for dissent for the visitors. A needless one from the Netherlands skipper.
86' Mertens tries to work a pass through to Batshuayi in the box, but the forward is caught offside. He has not been able to get up to the speed of the game.
85' Onana tries to break on the counter, but he runs out of support. Mertens is released by Castagne in space, and he wins a corner. Belgium are pressing for a consolation goal.
T. Koopmeiners
S. Berghuis
83' Berghuis is withdrawn after a fine perfomance. He is replaced by Koopmeiners.
81' Van Dijk goes down in the box after the fact and requires treatment on the field.
80' OFF THE POST! Castagne feeds the run of Mertens in the inside-right channel. He goes for a strike from a tight angle that rattles the right post before Carrasco sees his effort on the rebound diverted behind for a corner.
77' DISALLOWED GOAL! It has been one of those days for Belgium as Castagne sees his consolation goal chalked off. The wing-back is on the spot to convert on his left foot after Batshuayi sees his effort saved by Cillessen. However, a VAR check shows that Batshuayi was offside in the build-up.
M. de Ligt
N. Aké
74' De Ligt replaces Ake for the visitors at the back for the final 16 minutes.
72' SAVE! Mertens cuts in from the left flank and curls a low strike on his right foot towards the bottom-left corner that Cillessen has to turn past the post.
71' Netherlands have been clinical with their openings in front of goal tonight, exposing poor defending from the hosts.
69' SAVE! De Bruyne latches on to a loose ball in the final third and drills a left-footed strike at goal. It deflects off Timber forcing Cillessen into a reaction save to turn his effort over the bar.
Y. Carrasco
T. Meunier
67' Carrasco comes on to the field to replace Meunier at wing-back.
M. Batshuayi-Atunga
A. Witsel
67' Witsel is withdrawn for the home side from the middle of the park as Batshuayi enters the action.
D. Blind
65' Blind notches his second assist of the game as he wins a header with Alderweireld, steering the ball into the path of Depay to score.
M. Depay
65' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! DEPAY SCORES, NETHERLANDS ARE RAMPANT!!!!! 4-0!!!!!! Blind flicks the ball on from a long pass forward into Depay, who chests it down before firing past Mignolet on the half-volley. Belgium are caught out at the back by a simple long ball from Timber that Blind works towards Depay. The forward is clinical in the box with a good touch off his chest before firing into the net. All too easy.
63' Belgium have not defended well enough tonight and have been put to the sword by Netherlands.
D. Blind
61' Blind makes a good forward run to ensure that he is first to the rebound from Berghuis' strike and he plays a quality ball to the back post for Dumfries to score.
D. Dumfries
61' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!!!!!!!!! DUMFRIES MAKES IT THREE!!!!! 3-0 NETHERLANDS!!!! Dumfries taps in at the back post to surely secure the win for the visitors tonight. Belgium are caught out at the back as Berghuis curls a strike towards the bottom-left corner. Mignolet makes a god stop by pushing it away from goal, but Blind is first to the rebound. He plays a low ball to the back post where Dumfries is on hand to convert.
60' SAVE! Mertens runs at the Netherlands defence and offloads to Trossard to strike. He fires low and hard at goal on his left foot, but Cillessen makes a fine stop before gathering at the second attempt.
57' Belgium are struggling to carve out opportunites in the final third. Martinez has made changes, but the Netherlands' defence looks solid tonight.
54' De Jong brings down Trossard on the left flank, but the resulting free-kick from De Bruyne is cleared by the visitors.
54' Depay has contributed to goals in his last four games in the Nations League (3 goals, 1 assist).
53' CHANCE! Vertonghen blazes over the bar from close range. De Bruyne's cross into the Netherlands box causes havoc and the loose ball travels to Vertonghen to strike on his left foot. However, he fails to get over his strike and he blasts his attempt over.
S. Berghuis
51' Berghuis threads the needle to release Depay in the fin al third before the forward does the rest with a fine finish.
M. Depay
51' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!!! DEPAY FINISHES WITH A CLINICAL STRIKE!!!! 2-0 NETHERLANDS!!!!! Depay is played through on goal by Berghuis and he buries a low strike across Mignolet into the bottom-left corner. Onana loses possession after a poor pass from Boyata out from the back. Klaassen makes a sliding challenge before Berghuis releases Depay with an incisive throughball, allowing the forward to finish.
50' Bergwijn tries to bundle his way through the Belgium defence, but he just cannot sort out his feet in time to register a strike at goal.
D. Mertens
Yellow Card
47' Mertens catches Blind with a late boot and goes into the book minutes after entering the action.
46' We're back under way in this Nations League clash.
A. Onana
H. Vanaken
46' Onana enters the fold to replace Vanaken for the home side.
D. Mertens
E. Hazard
46' Hazard is withdrawn for Mertens at the break in the final third after an underwhelming first half.
Roberto Martinez will be concerned about his side's lack of creativity, which was further exposed when Romelu Lukaku was forced off. The home side need to find their rhythm in the second half otherwise they'll be kicking off their campaign with a defeat.
Netherlands hold a 1-0 lead over Belgium at the break in their Nations League Group A4 opener. Steven Bergwijn found the back of the net with a fine strike from distance to break the deadlock in the 40th minute. It was no more than the visitors deserved after a strong first half performance. Belgium have work to do to a find a way back into the contest.
45' + 3' Hazard tries to create an opening in the final third, but his cutback to the edge of the box evades Witsel.
45' + 2' De Bruyne angles a dangerous cross into the Netherlands box from the right flank, but Timber is well positioned to head behind ahead of Castagne.
45' There will be four minutes of added time.
44' VAR! NO PENALTY! The referee is instructed to look at the screen at the side of the pitch where he sees that Castagne did not block the cross with his arm. He overturns the decision to award Netherlands a penalty.
43' PENALTY TO NETHERLANDS! Dumfries raids down the right flank and sends a cross into the box. Castagne makes the block, apparently with his arm, and the referee points to the spot.
42' Netherlands have avoided defeat in their last foyr matches when scoring the opening goal in the Nations League dating back to 13th October 2018 against Germany.
F. de Jong
40' De Jong picks a gap to find Bergwijn in space before the forward does the rest with a brilliant finish.
S. Bergwijn
40' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!!! BERGWIJN SCORES A FINE GOAL!!!!!! 1-0 NETHERLANDS!!!! The visitors take the lead as Bergwijn curls a brilliant strike past Mignolet from 25 yards. De Jong works and offload to the forward in space in the final third. Bergwijn turns before connecting with a right-footed effort that travels away from the Belgium keeper and finds the bottom-right corner. Precision from the Tottenham Hotspur man.
39' De Bruyne curls his effort over the wall, but it travels safely into the hands of Cillessen, who gathers at the second attempt.
39' Timber catches Vanaken with a trailing leg and hands Belgium a free-kick in a threatening position 25 yards from goal.
38' Netherlands fail to clear their lines from a De Bruyne corner, providing the midfielder a second chance to steer a low ball into the box. Fortunately for the visitors, Klaassen reacts first to clear with authority.
37' Depay collects and turns to fire at goal from 20 yards out, but he places his effort straight into the hands of Mignolet.
36' Netherlands are working the ball well across the pitch and are causing the hosts problems in possession. Van Gaal will be satisfied thus far.
33' Castagne is played into acres of space by Vanaken down the left flank, but he wastes the position by overhitting his delivery into the middle.
31' Netherlands are edging the contest at the moment, with the rhythm of the home side disrupted by Lukaku's early injury.
29' CLOSE! Blind places his strike inches wide. Depay makes a good run down the left flank and offloads back to Blind inside the channel. He takes a good first touch, but he curls his effort past the right post.
28' Depay probes down the left flank and works an offload back to Bergwijn to strike, but he sees his effort blocked by a wall of white shirts.
L. Trossard
R. Lukaku
27' Trossard replaces the injured Lukaku in the final third.
25' Lukaku does not look comfortable after returning to the pitch and may have to make way here.
24' Dumfries drops his shoulder and bursts down the right flank to whip a cross into the box. However, it strikes Bergwijn straight in the chest and bounces through to Mignolet.
22' Lukaku remains down for the home side and requires treatment before the game can continue.
21' Lukaku goes down in a collision with Ake, but the referee waves play on. Belgium believe that the forward was brought down cynically by the Netherlands defender.
20' After a slow start the game has exploded into life with chances at both ends. However, it's goalless for now.
18' WIDE! Blind works an offload inside to Depay on the edge of the box, who takes a good first touch before rifling an effort at goal on the half-volley. He connects well with his strike, but it whistles just wide of the right post.
16' SAVE! Mignolet denies Berghuis with a fine stop. De Bruyne loses out to Berghuis in his own half and the forward plays a one-two with Bergwijn to break into the box. Berghuis tries to clip an effort over Mignolet, but he spreads himself to deny him.
14' OVER! De Bruyne gathers the loose ball and creates space to angle a strike at goal, but he curls his effort narrowly over the top.
14' Timber is alert at the back post to steer a dangerous low cross from Vanaken away from Castagne. He had to make that interception.
13' OFF THE BAR! Castagne latches on to a poor clearance from Ake in the Netherlands box and he stabs a left-footed strike at goal, but it clatters into the bar and bounces to safety for the visitors.
12' Belgium press back at the other end and Ake has to be alert to get across Lukaku and guide a forward pass from De Bruyne through to Cillessen.
11' Dumfries heads the ball forward into the path of Depay, but Boyata reads the danger and gets across to usher the ball back to Mignolet.
10' Ake plays himself into trouble before he is hurried into a clearance by Lukaku. Meunier stabs the ball back forward, but Lukaku strays offside.
9' Castagne has space to run down the left flank and he tries to release Lukaku in the box with an incisive throughball that is intercepted by Van Dijk.
6' Hazard is played into space down the inside-left channel, but he hooks his cross over Lukaku and Ake is able to head clear in the box.
3' Lukaku battles Blind and Ake down the right flank and goes down on the touchline, but the referee points only for a throw-in.
1' We're under way in this Nations League clash.
The players are out on the field and we should be under way shortly.
Van Gaal also boasts an experienced line-up, making minimal changes from their draw against Germany. Cillessen comes into the side between the posts in an attempt to nail down the number one shirt. Van Dijk, Timber and Ake form the backline as De Vrij and De Ligt are forced to settle for places on the bench. Bergwijn gets the nod ahead of Lang and Gakpo in the final third.
Martinez experimented with younger players in Belgium's win over Burkina Faso, but has reverted back to a familiar line-up tonight. Mignolet takes his place between the posts in the absence of Thibaut Coutois. Alderweireld, Vertonghen and Boyata provide experience in the backline. De Bruyne and Witsel hold down the middle of the park, with Hazard, Lukaku and Vanaken in the final third.
NETHERLANDS SUBS: Matthijs de Ligt, Stefan de Vrij, Guus Til, Colin Gakpo, Noa Lang, Mark Flekken, Hans Hateboer, Tyrell Malacia, Jordan Teze, Wout Weghorst, Teun Koopmeiners, Tim Krul.
NETHERLANDS (3-4-3): Jasper Cillessen; Jurrien Timber, Virgil van Dijk, Nathan Ake; Denzel Dumfries, Davy Klaassen, Frenkie de Jong, Daley Blind; Steven Bergwijn, Steven Berghuis, Memphis Depay.
BELGIUM SUBS: Matz Sels, Arthur Theate, Youri Tielemans, Yannick Carrasco, Dries Mertens, Charles de Ketelaere, Leandro Trossard, Amadou Mvom Onana, Leander Dendoncker, Alexis Saelemaekers, Michy Batshuayi.
BELGIUM (3-4-3): Simon Mignolet; Toby Alderweireld, Jan Vertonghen, Dedryck Boyata; Thomas Meunier, Kevin De Bruyne, Axel Witsel, Timothy Castagne; Hans Vanaken, Romelu Lukaku, Eden Hazard.
Netherlands finished second in Group A1 last time out in the Nations League, narrowly off the pace of Italy. There was no repeat of a run to the final for the Oranje, although Louis van Gaal will be hopeful of inspiring his team for another surge in the tournament to build their confidence ahead of the World Cup. They played out a 1-1 draw against Germany last time out, and will be out to blunt a potent Belgium attack.
Belgium kickstart their new Nations League campaign tonight after finishing in fourth place in the last iteration of the competition. Roberto Martinez's men will also be looking to kick into gear for the World Cup with time running out to finalise their preparations for the tournament. Belgium recorded a comfortable victory over Burkina Faso in their last outing and will enter the Nations League group with confidence.
Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the Nations League Group A4 clash between Belgium and Netherlands at King Baudouin Stadium.