September 27, 2022

Romelu Lukaku lasted simply 27 minutes of Belgium’s Nations League conflict with the Netherlands, a match that resulted in disappointment for the European giants.

The Chelsea ahead, who has been linked with a transfer to Inter Milan, suffered a nasty wanting ankle damage that pressured him off throughout the first half at The King Baudouin Stadium.

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Lukaku suffered a nasty-looking ankle damage in opposition to the Netherlands

It was the first blow on a disappointing night as the Dutch side ran riot

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It was the primary blow on a disappointing evening because the Dutch facet ran riot

The knock to the striker was clearly a nasty begin for Roberto Martinez’s facet, however issues quickly bought a lot, a lot worse for the Belgians.

Dealing with the Dutch was by no means going to be a straightforward check for Belgium, however with the likes of Lukaku, Eden Hazard, Kevin De Bruyne and Axel Witsel beginning the match, the hope was that they might pull off a constructive consequence.

Nonetheless simply 13 minutes after Lukaku was pressured off with an damage, the Netherlands took the lead due to an exquisite long-range effort from Steven Bergwijn.

Shortly after half-time, issues bought even worse as Barcelona star Memphis Depay doubled the guests’ lead, earlier than Denzel Dumfries made it 3-0 simply after the hour-mark.

Belgium had been shell-shocked, and located themselves 4-0 down after 65 minutes when Depay popped up once more to place the sport firmly past doubt.

Martinez’s facet did have their very own alternatives to attempt to get one thing from the sport, nonetheless a last-minute comfort from Michy Batshuayi was all that they might muster on a disappointing evening.


Depay scored a wonderful brace against Belgium

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Depay scored an exquisite brace in opposition to Belgium

It was a night to remember for for Louis Van Gaal’s side

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It was an evening to recollect for for Louis Van Gaal’s facet

In consequence, Belgium sit backside of League A Group 4, and shall be hoping to claw themselves again into rivalry as they put together to face Wales and two contests in opposition to Belgium within the subsequent week and a half.

For the Netherlands, Louis van Gaal was delighted to see two of his in-demand stars in Bergwijn and Frenkie de Jong displaying their high quality.

He stated: “It’s at all times a collective victory, but it surely was actually nice how Frenkie de Jong and Steven Bergwijn performed.

“Actually unbelievable. I don’t perceive why he (Bergwijn) doesn’t play a lot at Tottenham Hotspur, though there may be extra selection by way of competitors there.

“He’s value gold to us, particularly in the best way we play. Identical to Frenkie. He at all times achieves a great degree in Orange.”