Belgium 1-4 Netherlands LIVE! Depay goal - Nations League result, match stream and latest updates today

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Belgium vs Netherlands LIVE!

The 2022/23 Nations League is in full swing with this derby clash the latest in a long line of intriguing match-ups this month.

There has been plenty of criticism of the sport’s summer calendar, as well as of the tournament’s existence itself, but either way Belgium and the Netherlands can take tonight’s clash in Brussels as a key litmus test of their credentials.

It was a disappointing Euros for both teams last summer as Roberto Martinez’s side once again failed to live up to their golden generation credentials. The Dutch, meanwhile, impressed in the group stage before dropping out at the hands of the Czech Republic in the last-16.

That said, it is an improvement for Louis van Gaal and Co that they are back in the World Cup mix after comfortably securing qualification for a spot at Qatar later this year.

Poland and Wales complete the Nations League group in which these teams will compete for top spot and a place at next year’s finals.

Therefore tonight’s clash will go a long way to deciding which is the team to beat, both Belgium and the Netherlands having previously made it to the tournament’s showpiece event.

Premier Sports will broadcast the match live with kick-off set for 7.45pm BST.

Keep up to date with all the action via Standard Sport’s live blog...

Belgium vs Netherlands highlights

  • GOAL! Bergwijn opens scoring from distance

  • GOAL! Depay fires in deserved second

  • GOAL! Dumfries gets in on the act

  • GOAL! Depay with the fourth

  • GOAL! Batshuayi squeezes home late consolation

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A bad night for Belgium in Brussels...

Recap the action with our match report.

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Around the grounds

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Full time! Belgium 1-4 Netherlands

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What a start to the Nations League campaign for the Dutch!

GOAL! Belgium 1-4 Netherlands

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90+1 mins: Batshuayi gets a consolation!

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90 mins: Depay is after a hat-trick and is so tricky in possession, eventually tumbling and failing to offload a pass as he loses the ball in the D.

Van Dijk commits a foul to win the chance back and lumps a shot from distance in frustration as the whistle goes, picking up a booking for his troubles.

Three minutes added on.

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87 mins: Netherlands sitting back contently as Belgium knock the ball around, the Red Devils’ substitutes in particular doing a decent job of keeping their energy levels high.

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87 mins: Netherlands sitting back contently as Belgium knock the ball around, the Red Devils’ substitutes in particular doing a decent job of keeping their energy levels high.

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81 mins: POST!

Belgium continue to press and Mertens tickles the post with a cross/shot into the near-post, before a rebound is rifled into Van Dijk’s head.

That one left a mark on the Liverpool defender and he needs treatment as Van Gaal prepares a fresh change. Berghuis is off for Koopmeiners.

DISALLOWED!

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77 mins: BELGIUM ARE ON THE BOARD - but with VAR allow it?

Batshuayi looks to be in a tight spot as he collects the pass, with Cillessen saving his effort before Castagne bundles home...

Disallowed!

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73 mins: Another deflected hit is parried by Cillessen, this time from Mertens.

Van Gaal turns to his bench with Ake coming off for De Ligt as the Dutch look to see out this clean sheet.

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70 mins: Belgium not throwing in the towel yet with De Bruyne’s deflected shot drawing a quick reaction save from Cillessen.

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66 mins: Martinez throws on Batshuayi and Carrasco for Witsel and Meunier. Too little too late, surely.

GGGOOOOOAAAALLLL!! Belgium 0-4 Netherlands

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65 mins: WOW! DEPAY MAKES IT FOUR!

Boyata again loses the Barcelona striker who drills his second goal past Mignolet in trademark fashion.

GGOOOAAALLL!!! Belgium 0-3 Netherlands

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62 mins: IT’S THREE!

Mignolet pulls off a fine save yet Blind is ready to snatch the rebound and he calmly lays a cross over to the right side of the six-yard box, where Dumfries is waiting for a tap-in.

Boos ring around the stadium!

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59 mins: Much better from Belgium as Mertens and Trossard link up down the left channel, feeding the Brighton man in for a low shot that Cillessen denies.

Around the grounds

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Karim Benzema has produced the opener for France against Denmark. By all accounts, a pretty tasty goal.

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53 mins: De Bruyne still central to all Belgium are producing despite it clearly being an off-night for the tired playmaker.

Alderweireld gets on the end of a cross from the Manchester City man and it loops up to Vertonghen, who doesn’t let it drop to swipes an acrobatic volley over the bar from eight yards out.

GGGOOOOOAAAALLLL!!!! Belgium 0-2 Netherlands | Depay

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51 mins: DEPAY MAKES IT TWO!

Poor from Boyata and Depay can rush through on goal, firing low and hard past Mignolet into the far corner. A fully deserved second goal for the Dutch.

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50 mins: The second half continues much like the first ended with the Dutch on top and Bergwijn looking tricky in the box before failing to test Mignolet.

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47 mins: Straight off the bench and into the book for Mertens as he lands a nasty one on Blind’s heel.

Kick-off!

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Onana and Mertens are introduced by Roberto Martinez for Vanaken and Hazard.

The Dutch lead by a goal to nil.

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Here come the players!

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The second-half is moments away...

More of the same in the second period will do Van Gaal very nicely

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The opening goal

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Around the grounds

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Half-time!

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Netherlands have the lead at the break after a strong display in Brussels.

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45 mins: A whole four minutes added on...

PENALTY TO NETHERLANDS DENIED!

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42 mins: Castagne slides in as is pulled up for handball... VAR will want a look at that!

It is an easy decision at the screen for the referee as the ball clearly struck him in the face.

GGGOOOOOAAAALLLLL!!! Belgium 0-1 Netherlands | Bergwijn

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41 mins: BERGWIJN FROM DISTANCE!

The Belgian defence stands off the Spurs forward as he collects a pass 25 yards out, spins, takes aim... and rockets a curling effort into the far corner!

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38 mins: A rare foray forward for Belgium repelled by the visiting defenders and De Bruyne is struggling to link-up with his Belgian colleagues tonight.

Timber then goes in late by the D and the home fans have something to get excited about - a free-kick in a very nice spot... De Bruyne’s strike is clean but easy enough for Cillessen to grab.

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34 mins: Another decent opening goes begging as Netherlands come down the middle and Bergwijn controls nicely, spins in the D and lays it off for Berghuis. His attempt flies over the corner of the bar.

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29 mins: CLOSE!

Depay does well down the left and tees up Blind... a fine hit across goal misses the post by a mere inch!

Again they come forward in numbers but no final ball comes into the box. The Dutch on top in the past ten minutes.

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26 mins: Lukaku will not be able to continue!

That tangle with Ake appears to have got the better of the Chelsea striker and he will be replaced by Trossard.

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25 mins: Bergwijn lets another accurate ball into the box go begging as he fumbles it off his mid-riff in the six-yard box.

The game has certainly woken up to suggest goals are up for grabs for both teams.

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21 mins: Boos ring around the stadium after a long ball towards Lukaku bounced in front of the striker, as he tangled with Ake.

The two players are going at it with the shirt grapples and Lukaku looks to have broken free, yet hits the deck dramatically - and has his protests waved away by the Spanish referee.

Replays suggest there was not much in that yet he requires treatment.

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16 mins: SAVE!

Mignolet to the rescue after sloppy play from De Bruyne, Berghuis racing in down the right channel and his effort across goal meets the keeper’s foot, to divert it over the bar.

Netherlands come back moments later and Depay controls a cross to drive his shot wide of the near-post.

A bit of action at both ends!

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13 mins: POST!

Ake is less persuasive with his next clearance and Castagne latches onto it, firing against the near-post from close range!

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11 mins: It has been a calm, chilled out start to this game in the summer evening sun.

Bergwijn looks to spark the game into life after a header into the box and finds Boyata cutting across him to smartly guide the ball back to his goalkeeper.

Up the other end, Lukaku races free into the box but Ake emulates Boyata’s rush back to hold off the striker and see off the threat.

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7 mins: Hazard, in his first start since January, has a chance to put in a cross from the left-wing byline but it is overhit and the Dutch bring it clear.

That sparks a spell of possession for Belgium with Lukaku the target man for occasional hits long.

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4 mins: A confident start from the Dutch in possession with De Bruyne very high up in the pitch in Belgium’s press.

Kick-off!

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Belgium vs Netherlands begins!

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A perfectly respectful observation of the away team’s national anthems from the Brussels locals, who give a big roar to the end of the Belgium anthem - and we are moments away from kick-off.

Here come the players!

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A good crowd in place in Brussels for a sunny evening and a Nations League derby, with the player ready to emerge from the tunnel.

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Dutch boss Louis van Gaal has tipped Kevin De Bruyne for the Ballon d’Or - but doubts his chances of actually winning the title.

“For me [De Bruyne] he is the Player of the Year,” he said on Friay. “The Ballon d’Or? That’s what I mean, yes.

“But as a midfielder he will not be chosen easily. It is always attackers who win.”

Kick-off in 20 minutes!

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Roberto Martinez has backed Eden Hazard to find his feet quickly after returning from injury to start tonight.

“We know he can restart the engine quickly, even at Real Madrid where he will always have competition. He has enough experience to do that and, with us, he has a clear role,” the Belgium boss said.

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Lots of Oranje support out in Brussels this evening

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How Belgium line up in this one

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Belgium XI: Mignolet; Alderweireld, Boyata, Vertonghen, Meunier; De Bruyne, Witsel; Castagne, Vanaken, E. Hazard; Lukaku.

Subs: Sels, Theate, Tielemans, Carrasco, Mertens, De Ketelare, Trossard, Onana, Dendoncker, Benteke, Saelemakers, Batshuayi.

How the Dutch line up tonight...

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Netherlands XI: Cillessen; Dumfries, Timber, Van Dijk, Ake, Blind; Berghuis, Klaassen, De Jong; Bergwijn, Memphis.

Subs: De Vrij, De Ligt, Til, Gakpo, Lang, Hateboer, Malacia, Teze, Weghorst, Koopmeiners, Flekken, Krul.

Team news expected soon!

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A big night of action on the cards

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Head to head record

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The Netherlands have the historic edge yet are without a win over their neighbours since 1997.

Belgium wins: 41

Draws: 31

Netherlands wins: 55

Evening Standard score prediction

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There could still be a few sore legs out there after the domestic campaign ended not long ago, so expect a somewhat tame Nations League affair in Brussels.

A 1-1 draw.

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Georginio Wijnaldum and Ryan Gravenberch missed out on a place in the Dutch squad.

Louis van Gaal has a decision to make in defence with Manchester United target Jurrien Timber pushing for a start, along with captain Virgil van Dijk and Matthijs de Ligt.

Early team news

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Thibaut Courtois sits out this one for the hosts after suffering a groin strain in his heroic performance for Real Madrid in the Champions League final.

Jason Denayer and Divock Origi are also out with Eden Hazard included in the squad after returning from surgery, so he may have to make do with a place on the bench.

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How to watch

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TV channel: The match will be televised live on Premier Sports 1, with coverage beginning at 7.35pm. A monthly subscription costs from £9.99 in the UK.

Live stream: Premier Sports subscribers will also be able to watch the game online via the Premier Player on mobile and tablet devices.

Good evening!

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Welcome to this Friday night Nations League match-up between Belgium and the Netherlands!

The team news will be out soon for this derby clash in Division A Group 4.

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