SO much for Belgium’s golden generation.
Since 2014, Roberto Martinez’s men have posed as future world champions before every competition.
Not this time, however, as Belgium suffered a humiliating 4-1 loss to rivals Netherlands in their first Nations League game in Brussels.
Holland opened the scoring after 40 minutes through Tottenham ace Steven Bergwijn, whose impressive display will give Antonio Conte plenty to think about.
Memphis Depay doubled the visitors’ lead just six minutes into the second half and Denzel Dumfries put them to bed after 61 minutes.
But there was more misery for Belgium as Depay struck a fourth just four minutes later before Michy Batshuayi softened the blow in added time.
The hosts started strong when Timothy Castagne hit the bar from a tight angle from the left, but things went downhill after Romelu Lukaku was injured.
The Chelsea star clashed with Manchester City ace Nathan Ake and got back up before quickly realizing he couldn’t continue and was replaced by Brighton’s Leandro Trossard in the 26th minute.
With Lukaku injured, Eden Hazard still in his usual poor form and Kevin de Bruyne on a day off, the Netherlands broke the deadlock with Bergwijn’s stunning long-range shot, leaving Simon Mignolet helpless.
The visitors put a little more distance between their opponents in the second half when Memphis picked up a wonderful through ball from Steven Berghuis in the penalty area and easily defeated Mignolet.
Louis Van Gaal’s men sealed a major victory just 10 minutes later when Berghuis’ long-range effort forced an impressive save from the ex-Liverpool keeper.
But Daley Blind hit the rebound on the left and played a wonderful low cross at the far post that put Dumfries in front of the open goal.
The final nail in the coffin came shortly after, when Virgil van Dijk’s beautiful cross was headed out of his own half by Blind, who set Memphis up for his second of the night.
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Belgium thought they got a consolation prize in the 77th minute when Castagne hit the net.
But VAR judged Chelsea outsider and hosts’ best player Batshuayi to be offside in advance.
However, Batshuayi could not be denied in the third minute of added time when he defeated Jasper Cillessen from close range after a nice cross from Toby Alderweireld.
https://www.the-sun.com/sport/5486911/belgium-netherlands-memphis-depay-roberto-martinez/ Depay double sees Roberto Martinez’s men destroyed in Nations League derby of Holland