Luxembourg 1-3 Holland: Memphis Depay double and Arjen Robben goal help spare Danny Blind’s blushes

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Memphis Depay spared the blushes of Holland with two second-half goals as they won 3-1 in Luxembourg in an unexpectedly tricky World Cup qualifier on Sunday.


Depay came on to score just before the hour mark and break the deadlock as Holland were still being held 1-1 in a match they were expected to win comfortably.

The Manchester United attacker rose to head home an inch-perfect cross from club-mate Daley Blind from point-blank range in the 58th minute to hand the momentum back to the Dutch after Luxembourg had fought back into the match.

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LUXEMBOURG: Schon, Harush (Janisch 26), Malget, Chanot, Mahmutovic, Da Mota (Kerger 75), Bohnert, Bensi (Vincent Thill 82), Philipps, Mutsch, Turpel.

Subs Not Used: Roulez, Skenderovic, Hall, Delgado, Sebastien Thill, Holter, Joachim, Czekanowicz.

Booked: Bensi.

Scorers: Chanot 44 (pen).

HOLLAND: Stekelenburg, Brenet, Bruma, Van Dijk, Blind, Klaassen, Wijnaldum, Ramselaar (De Roon 88), Robben (Berghuis 45), Dost, Sneijder (Depay 45).

Subs Not Used: Vorm, Veltman, Martins Indi, Zeegelaar, Vilhena, Clasie, Fer, De Jong, Cillessen.

Booked: Brenet, Blind.

Scorers: Robben 36, Depay 58, 84.

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Referee: Anthony Taylor (England).

Depay then scored his second, bending a free-kick over the wall in the 83rd minute.

The set-piece helped Holland advance to seven points in Group A, three behind leaders France.

The Dutch had gone ahead in the 36th minute through Arjen Robben, playing his first international in a year.

Injury had kept Robben out of the team since last November.

However, the 32-year-old Bayern Munich winger suffered another muscle strain before half-time and had to be replaced.

The Dutch then gave away a penalty just before half-time which Maxime Chanot converted.

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Luxembourg brought on a 16-year-old substitute Vincent Thill to make his debut near the end of the game.

However, Luc Holtz’s men still lie bottom of the table with only a single point from their four matches.

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