van Dijk helps Netherlands to victory

By SFC Media Sun 13 Nov International

Virgil van Dijk completed the full 90 minutes as the Netherlands recorded a 3-1 victory over Luxembourg at Stade Josy Barthel in FIFA World Cup qualifying, with teammate Jordy Clasie an unused substitute.

Captain Arjen Robben opened the scoring with his 31st international goal to break Luxembourg’s stubborn resistance on 36 minutes, when he picked up Davy Klaassen’s pass before slotting a low left-footed shot beyond Ralph Schon.

But just before the break they were pegged back when Joshua Brenet felled Daniel Da Motta in the box.

Former Sheffield United Academy player Maxime Chanot duly converted from the spot to ensure the sides went in level at the interval.

Danny Blind made two changes at half-time with Robben and Wesley Sneijder making way for Memphis Depay and Steven Berghuis.

And on 58 minutes, Depay made the desired impact when he met a superb Daley Blind cross from the left to head the Dutch back in front.

With six minutes remaining, van Dijk was involved as the Netherlands strengthened their grip on the game, when his forward run was stopped by Mario Mutsch outside the box.

Substitute Depay stepped up to curl the ball beyond Schon and seal a victory that takes them on to seven points and into second place in Group A,

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