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Int’l roundup: Depay, Van Dijk lead Holland past Portugal and more

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Only two matches on Monday involved countries heading to Russia this summer, but each fixture featured exciting action.

Cristiano Ronaldo and Portugal received a 3-0 hammering from Holland at the Stade de Genève, behind goals from Memphis Depay, Ryan Babel and Virgil Van Dijk.

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The Portuguese fell behind after 11 minutes, when Depay led a brilliant attack for the Dutch. The lead soon doubled just beyond the half-hour mark as Babel’s sliding effort found its way past goalkeeper Anthony Lopes.

Liverpool defender Van Dijk capped off the scoring on the stroke of halftime with a strong strike inside the Portuguese area following a free kick for the Dutch.

The fate of the hosts was sealed in the 61st minute, when defender João Cancelo received his second yellow card in less than 20 minutes, and was sent off.

Meanwhile, Edinson Cavani’s second-half strike helped Uruguay top Wales with a 1-0 victory on the road.

The South American side was outmatched for much of the fixture, with Gareth Bale and Wales looking the more dominant side, but the PSG star found the back of the net four minutes into the second stanza after Cristian Rodríguez picked out the veteran striker — who was positioned close to goal.

Webb says De Jong would have been sent off with video review

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NEW YORK (AP) Howard Webb says he would have given Dutch midfielder Nigel De Jong a red card in the 2010 World Cup final if a video assistant referee had been in place.

The retired English referee showed De Jong a yellow card in the 28th minute for his karate kick into the chest of Spain’s Xabi Alonso. Hired in March to oversee video technology for professional soccer in the U.S. and Canada, Webb held a media seminar Friday ahead of its Aug. 5 launch in Major League Soccer.

Webb says: “Yes, it was a clear red card. It was a clear and obvious error on my part not to send the player off, and VAR would have been able to recommend a review to me, and I would have been able to make the right call.”

Now 46, Webb was a Premier League referee from 2003-14. He worked the Champions League and World Cup finals in 2010, became director of referees at the Saudi Arabian Football Federation, and started in March as manager of video assistant referee operations for the Professional Referee Organization.

Report: Wesley Sneijder close to LAFC move

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Dutch legend Wesley Sneijder is close to signing for Los Angeles FC.

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A report from ESPN states that Sneijder, 33, will sign a two-year deal with LAFC and become a Designated Player for the team who will enter Major League Soccer in 2018.

Per the report, Sneijder has been offered a deal worth $3.5 million a year to join LAFC and he would link up with the squad in January 2018 ahead of their debut season in MLS.

Having a star of Sneijder’s size will certainly attracted plenty more interest in LAFC, plus he’s still a mainstay for the Dutch national team as he has 131 caps with 31 goals for the Oranje and his quality as a deep-lying playmaker is undisputed.

The former UEFA Champions League winner has enjoyed an illustrious career in Europe, winning trophies at Ajax, Real Madrid, Inter and Galatasaray. He won the UCL with Inter in 2010 as he was a pivotal part of Jose Mourinho’s treble-winning team. Sneijder has spent the past five seasons playing in Turkey for giants Galatasaray.

Sneijder would become LAFC’s first DP signing and although the newly-formed club do not yet have a head coach, who wouldn’t want to work with Sneijder in MLS?

With the Banc of California Stadium set to be ready for the start of the 2018 MLS season, excitement is building in LA.

Sneijder’s arrival would help that grow further as one of the premier playmakers of the past decade will get to strut his stuff in MLS. Whether he turns out to be as influential a DP as the likes of David Villa or Kaka remains to be seen, but LAFC are clearly willing to back up their grand plans with grand signings.

Tottenham sign Dutch striker Vincent Janssen for $22.5 million

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Prolific goalscorer Vincent Janssen has joined Tottenham Hotspur.

Janssen, 22, led the Dutch Eredivisie in goals last season with 27 in 34 games and he has signed a four-year deal at White Hart Lane after Spurs paid AZ Alkmaar $22.5 million for his services.

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This deal looked to be dead in the water in recent weeks due to Spurs not quite meeting AZ’s valuation of Janssen but now everything has been squared away and the north London club finally look to have a forward who can ease the burden on Harry Kane.

Mauricio Pochettino tried the likes of Hueng-Son min, Nacer Chadli and Clinton N'Jie in the central role last season but nobody could get close to Kane’s tally of 28 goals in all competitions.

With the English international looking jaded during EURO 2016, perhaps Pochettino is now more wary than ever that he needs to rest the 22-year-old at certain times in the upcoming season.

Janssen’s rise to stardom mirrors that of Kane’s.

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He has scored three goals in five games for the Dutch national team and just two years ago he was playing in the Dutch second-tier for Almere City. He banged in 32 goals in 74 appearances for them and he’s stellar season at AZ in 2015-16 has secured him a move to England.

He has previously been quoted as saying he hopes to play alongside Kane for Spurs, rather than splitting time with him and the Dutchman doesn’t appear to be short on confidence.

“Harry Kane? People can say what they want but I’m not afraid of anybody,” Janssen told Algemeen Dagblad. “He is a great striker but we will see how it goes. We can complement each other, I think I can learn a lot from him.”

Let’s see how he slots into Pochettino’s plans as Spurs will have to rotate their squad expertly with UEFA Champions League, PL and domestic cup games coming thick and fast this season.

PHOTOS: Cruyff tributes in newspapers across the globe

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After the sad news arrived that Johan Cruyff had died at the age of 68 on Thursday, tributes began to pour in from all over the globe.

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The legendary figure as a player, manager and visionary was adored by millions across the planet and the former Ajax, Barcelona and Netherlands playmaker will be sorely missed.

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Images of Cruyff adorned newspapers in Spain to England, Holland to Germany and everywhere else in-between on Friday morning.

Headline such as “A Genius Like No Other” and “He Was the Game” stood out but each and every outlet had fitting tributes to a man who revolutionized the game and helped make it what it is today.

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Below is a collection of images — courtesy of FC Barcelona — from newspapers around the globe honoring Cruyff and the remarkable legacy he left behind.