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Netherlands survive the Northern Ireland scare

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What was supposed to be another day in the office for the Netherlands turned into a dramatic matchup with the Dutch barely keeping three points at home.

The Dutch took this match seriously, coming out with their best eleven… at least on paper.

However, Northern Ireland proved to be a tough nut to crack.

Even with Jonny Evans on one, and Van Dijk & De Ligt on the other end, the guests played a very structured match.

After being unable to break the deadlock after 66 minutes, Koeman decided to bring on some firepower with Donyell Malen and Donny van de Beek.

However, this move backfired, as Josh Magennis scored to make it 1-0 for Northern Ireland in the 75th minute of the match.

The crowd in Rotterdam was shocked by the events unfolding in front of their eyes.

Despite their team trailing, the hosts believed which led to Depay tying the score just six minutes later, scoring his sixth goal in the qualifiers.

The Dutch starting pressing forward with full force, which resulted in Luuk de Jong scoring a kung-fu kick in the 90th minute as the Netherlands took the lead and the fans went wild.

Depay sealed the deal after a great run from Frenkie de Jong to make it 3-1 just two minutes later.

Memphis Depay, Netherlands
ROTTERDAM, NETHERLANDS – OCTOBER 10: Memphis Depay of the Netherlands celebrates after scoring his sides third goal during the UEFA Euro 2020 qualifier between Netherlands and Northern Ireland at the De Kuip Stadium on October 10, 2019 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

This win is a big relief for the Oranje, who are now back at the top of the group.

Northern Ireland, Germany, and the Netherlands are all tied with 12 points, with the Northern Ireland playing one more match than the other two.