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N.Macedonia 0-3 Netherlands: Dominant Oranje seal last 16 spot as Wijinaldum makes history

Netherlands are on an unprecedented goalscoring run following their 3-0 win against North Macedonia on Monday.

Frank de Boer’s men have a perfect record in Euro 2020, having previously beaten Ukraine and Austria to finish top of Group C.

Memphis Depay opened the scoring in the first half against North Macedonia before Georginio Wijnaldum netted a double before the hour-mark.

The controversial incident happened in the 24th minute, when Daley Blind caught some of the ball and some of the man in a robust challenge on Goran Pandev of the edge of the Netherlands’ box before Malen and Depay set to work.

North Macedonia’s players immediately remonstrated with referee Istvan Kovacs before a VAR review instructed the Hungarian official to allow the goal to stand.

North Macedonia had two goals disallowed for offside during the contest, with the latter of those ruled-out efforts coming after Georginio Wijnaldum had knocked the game on the head with a quickfire second-half double.

Goran Pandev was given a guard of honour as he made his final appearance for his country.

The victory against North Macedonia was the 10th consecutive game in which Netherlands have scored at least two goals.

Wijnaldum’s two goals take him up to 25 for the national team in just 78 games.

That puts him ahead of Marco van Basten, who scored 24 in 58 matches, in the list of top scorers for Netherlands.

The new Paris Saint-Germain signing is now level with Rafael van der Vaart, who finished his career with 25 from 109 caps.

He is currently three behind team-mate Depay.

Depay is now just the second Netherlands player to have scored and assisted a goal in a game at both a World Cup and European Championship.

For North Macedonia, no points in the group but their performances certainly deserved more. They’ve been really enjoyable to watch.

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