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Babel double boosts Netherlands Euro hopes in Estonia win

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Babel double boosts Netherlands Euro hopes in Estonia win.

Babel double boosts Netherlands Euro hopes in Estonia win

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Ryan Babel's first international brace helped the Netherlands ease to a 4-0 victory over Estonia in Tallinn on Monday which boosted their Euro 2020 qualifying hopes.

Ronald Koeman's men sit third in Group C, albeit with a game in hand, three points adrift of leaders Germany and second-placed Northern Ireland after the visitors won 2-0 in the meeting of the top two in Belfast.

Memphis Depay starred on his 50th Netherlands appearance with a goal and two assists, while Georginio Wijnaldum scored for the second time in four days after also netting in Friday's 4-2 triumph over the Germans in Hamburg.

The Netherlands, Euro 1988 winners, are attempting to return to Europe's top table after missing out on qualification for Euro 2016 and last year's World Cup.

Buoyed by their stunning win in Germany, the Dutch wasted little time in getting on the front foot, with Virgil van Dijk stepping into midfield and drilling a long-range strike narrowly wide in only the third minute.

The visitors grabbed the lead 14 minutes later as Babel met left-back Daley Blind's low ball to slot home his ninth international goal and first since netting exactly a year ago in the Nations League against France.

Galatasaray forward Babel, on his 60th Netherlands appearance, secured his first international double less than three minutes into the second half by nodding home Depay's deep cross at the back post.

Lyon winger Depay scored his 17th Netherlands goal to wrap up the three points with 14 minutes to play, firing a left-footed strike into the bottom corner following a neat turn on the edge of the box.

Liverpool midfielder Wijnaldum rounded off an excellent day for the away side in the 87th minute, climbing highest to nod in Depay's free-kick.

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