World Cup qualifying round: Diogo Jota scores twice as Netherlands bounce back

The Netherlands bounced back from their loss to Turkey to secure a comfortable 2-0 victory over Latvia in Amsterdam.

Steven Berghuis gave the Dutch a first-half lead with a superb curling shot before Luuk de Jong ended the win with 20 minutes left.

It was the perfect response from Frank de Boer after a shocking 4-2 loss to Turkey in their first Group G qualifying match in Istanbul.

Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum started the game before being substituted late while Manchester United’s Donny van de Beek played for ten minutes as a substitute.

Elsewhere in the squad, Turkey took two out of every two wins with another surprising result, beating a Norwegian side containing both Erling Haaland and Arsenal playmaker on loan Martin Odegaard 3-0.

A brace from Ozan Tufan either side of a header from Leicester’s Caglar Soyuncu secured the points for Malaga, which was nominally Norway’s home game but has been moved due to Covid restrictions.



Steven Berghuis got the Netherlands going as they watched Latvia in a 2-0 win
Steven Berghuis got the Netherlands going as they watched Latvia in a 2-0 win

The other group game saw Montenegro beat Gibraltar 4-1.

In Group A, the Republic of Ireland suffered a humiliating setback following their home loss to Luxembourg.

Gerson Rodrigues shot in an 85th-minute winner for the underdogs at Aviva Stadium, leaving Ireland at the bottom of the group after two games.

Stephen Kenny’s side now face a mountain to climb after the group’s two favorites Serbia and Portugal split points in Belgrade.

Liverpool’s Diego Jota scored a brace in the first half to give the European champions control, but they were recovered in the second half when Fulham’s Aleksandar Mitrovic halved the deficit, before Filip Kostic recovered a draw for the Serbs who were also reduced to ten men. before full time.

Romelu Lukaku helped Belgium to a 1-1 draw against the Czech Republic, equalizing after Lukas Provod put the home side ahead.



Diogo Jota scored two for Portugal as they were held to a draw by Serbia
Diogo Jota scored two for Portugal as they were held to a draw by Serbia

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The two teams are now on four points in Group E, just one ahead of Belarus who beat Estonia 4-2.

Wales, who are also in the squad, will next face the Czechs in Cardiff,

Group H saw Russia beat Slovenia with two goals from Artem Dzyuba, World Cup finalist Croatia beat Cyprus by just one goal to zero, while Slovakia and Malta played one game draw 2-2.

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