Netherlands turn on second-half style to trounce Scotland 4-0 in friendly

Fri, Mar 22, 2024
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Netherlands turn on second-half style to trounce Scotland 4-0 in friendly

MADRID (AP) - The Netherlands recovered from a shaky first half to give Scotland a masterclass in clinical football and win their friendly by 4-0 in Amsterdam on Friday.

The Dutch took 40 minutes to score through Tijjani Reijnders from 25 meters out. Georginio Wijnaldum doubled the lead in the 72nd when he headed in a cross from Cody Gakpo.

Substitute Wout Weghorst made it 3-0 with a header in the 84th, and Donyell Malen fought his way through the defense to score two minutes later.

It was a bitter lesson in the need to take chances for Scotland, which matched its host for long spells and hit the woodwork twice.

Mark Flekken touched Ryan Christie's diving header on to the crossbar early in the game and, at 1-0, Lawrence Shankland, starting just his second game for the national side, should have scored with just the goalkeeper to beat.

Scotland faces host Germany in the European Championship opening match in Munich on June 14. The Netherlands is in Group D with France, Austria and the winner of the Poland-Wales playoff.

Hungary extended its unbeaten run to 13 games with a 1-0 win over fellow Euro 2024 qualifier Turkey. Liverpool midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai scored the only goal from the penalty spot three minutes into the second half.

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The Czech Republic beat Norway 2-1 in Oslo. Oscar Bobb put Norway ahead after 20 minutes but David Zima equalized for the visitors and Antonin Barak grabbed the winner five minutes from time.

The Czechs will be at their eighth successive Euros in Group F alongside Portugal, Turkey and the winner of the Georgia-Greece playoff.

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