UEFA World Cup qualifying roundup: Depay double lifts Dutch vs. Luxembourg

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The Netherlands managed to keep France in sight in UEFA World Cup qualifying action following Sunday’s win over Luxembourg, while Belgium and Portugal were also among the day’s winners.

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Luxembourg 1-3 Netherlands

Memphis Depay stole the show for the Dutch, scoring twice after halftime to lift the Oranje past Luxembourg at the Stade Josy Barthel. Arjen Robben gave the visitors the lead in the 36th minute after slotting the ball past goalkeeper Ralph Schon, however, New York City FC defender Maxine Chanot equalized for Luxembourg a minute before halftime from the penalty spot. From there, Depay took over the match, netting a header in the 58th minute and then adding insurance for the Dutch off of a free kick with six minutes remaining in regulation.

Belgium 8-1 Estonia

Estonia was always going to be the underdog, but a quick start from Belgium made it impossible for the visitors to even sniff a result against the Red Devils. Thomas Meunier started the Belgian rout in the eighth minute, while Dries Mertens, Eden Hazard, Yannick Carrasco and Romelu Lukaku also got in on the scoring for the home side. Ragnar Klavan‘s own goal just beyond the hour mark made it six for Belgium, with Estonia’s only lifeline coming via Henri Anier in the 29th minute. The Belgians remain perfect in WCQ with 12 points in four matches following Sunday’s win.

Portugal 4-1 Latvia

Cristiano Ronaldo almost always shows up in big games for his country, and Sunday was no different. The Real Madrid star bagged a brace for Portugal, helping guide his team past a tricky Latvia side. Ronaldo gave the hosts the lead in the 28th minute from the penalty spot, before putting the game to bed with a late finish in the 85th minute. Arturs Zjuznis equalized for Latvia in the 67th minute, however, William Carvalho quickly responded for the Portuguese two minutes later. Bruno Alves also scored in stoppage time after heading home a Raphael Guerreiro cross. The win pushes Portugal up to second in Group B, which currently has Switzerland leading the pack.

Elsewhere

Bulgaria 1-0 Belarus
Hungary 4-0 Andorra
Switzerland 2-0 Faroe Islands
Cyprus 3-1 Gibraltar
Greece 1-1 Bosnia and Herzegovina