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Babe hits brace as Netherlands crush Estonia

Estonia 0-4 Netherlands

At the double: Ryan Babel netted twice for Netherlands
At the double: Ryan Babel netted twice for Netherlands

By Robert Jones

Ryan Babel scored twice as a rampant Netherlands claimed a comfortable 4-0 victory over Estonia in their Euro 2020 Group C qualifier last night.

The Netherlands remain three points behind the top two in the pool, Germany and Northern Ireland, who have 12 points each. The Dutch have a game in hand.

Estonia slipped to a fifth successive loss in the qualifiers.

The home side started brightly though and created a few half-chances before the visitors took the lead in the 17th minute with Daley Blind's low cross prodded home by Babel.

They scored a second three minutes after the break as Babel rose to head home a Memphis Depay cross from the right, and Depay controlled the ball on the edge of the box and placed a left-footed shot into the corner for the third.

Wijnaldum's fourth was a gift from Lepmets when his header went under the 'keeper when it should have been a routine save.

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