Robben inspires Dutch to huge win

Latvia taken apart by the Netherlands in the Euro 2016 qualifier; Belgium held in a goalless draw by Wales.

    The win has put the Netherlands to within three points of the top two in the group [AFP]
    The win has put the Netherlands to within three points of the top two in the group [AFP]

    The Netherlands outclassed Latvia in a morale-boosting 6-0 win that eased pressure on coach Guus Hiddink after four defeats in his first five matches.

    Arjen Robben and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar both scored twice while Robin van Persie and Jeffrey Bruma also found the net as the Dutch got their European Championship Group A qualifying campaign back on track.

    After losing three of his first four matches in charge, Hiddink suggested last week that he would quit if the Netherlands failed to beat Latvia. His team also lost Wednesday to Mexico in a friendly to make it four defeats out of five matches since finishing third at the World Cup in Brazil under Louis van Gaal.

    Results:

    Netherlands 6 - 0 Latvia
    Azerbaijan 0 - 1 Norway
    Belgium 0 - 0 Wales
    Cyprus 5 - 0 Andorra

    SOURCE: AP


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