Euro 2020: Goal Feast for Belgium, Netherlands; Germany bounces back

Belgium and the Netherlands both cruised to 4-0 wins over Scotland and Estonia respectively in Euro 2020 qualifying on Monday.

Roberto Martinez’s Belgium, the world-number-one ranked side, swatted aside a poor Scotland outfit at Hampden Park to make it six wins from as many matches in Group I.

Inter Milan striker Romelu Lukaku gave the visitors the lead in Glasgow in only the ninth minute with his Belgian record-extending 49th international goal.

Defenders Thomas Vermaelen and Toby Alderweireld ended the game as a contest with less than 32 minutes on the clock.

Manchester City midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, who had assisted each of the first three goals, completed the scoring himself with eight minutes remaining.

Belgium, who finished third at last year’s World Cup, are now 11 points clear of third-placed Kazakhstan at the summit of their group with the top two automatically qualifying and only four games to play.

Russia remain in pole position to progress from Group I with Belgium, after Mario Fernandes’ 89th-minute winner sealed a 1-0 win over Kazakhstan which moved Stanislav Cherchesov’s men eight points ahead of their beaten opponents.

The Netherlands backed up their stunning 4-2 win over Germany in Hamburg last Friday by thrashing Estonia in Tallinn, as Ryan Babel scored his maiden international double.

Memphis Depay, making his 50th Netherlands appearance, grabbed the third goal, with Liverpool’s Georginio Wijnaldum also finding the net.

Ronald Koeman’s side still have work to do to reach a first major finals since making the 2014 World Cup semifinals, though, as they trail second-placed Northern Ireland by three points in Group C, albeit with a game in hand.

Three-time European champions Germany lead the group standings after securing a nervy 2-0 victory over Northern Ireland in Belfast.

Marcel Halstenberg’s brilliant volley broke the deadlock shortly after halftime in a tense encounter, and Serge Gnabry gave Joachim Loew’s men breathing space in injury-time.

Earlier on Saturday, Croatia suffered a setback in their qualifying campaign as they were held to a 1-1 draw by Azerbaijan in Baku.

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