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World Cup qualifying round-up: Wijnladum helps Holland thump Luxembourg

Date Posted,June 9, 2017

Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum was on target as Holland thumped Luxembourg 5-0 in Rotterdam to boost their World Cup qualifying hopes.

Wijnaldum made it 3-0 after the break after Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder, who became his country’s most-capped player, had struck in the first half to put the hosts in command.

Quincy Promes added a fourth with 20 minutes to go before Spurs’ Vincent Janssen capped the rout from the penalty spot to move the Dutch into third position in Group A.

Sweden leapfrogged France into top spot with a last-gasp 2-1 win, while Belarus picked up a 2-0 victory against Bulgaria.

Sneijder became Holland’s most-capped player (Photo: AFP)
Andorra ended their 66-game winless run (Photo: AFP)

Elsewhere, Andorra stunned Hungary to register only their second-ever World Cup qualifying win and snap their 66-match winless run, which included just three draws.

Marc Rebes scored the only goal of the game to lift Andorra off the bottom of Group B above Latvia, who were beaten 3-0 by Portugal.

In Group H, West Brom’s Nacer Chadli scored with four minutes remaining as Belgium beat 10-man Estonia 2-0.

Gibraltar came within a few minutes of their first competitive win but two late goals, including a stoppage-time strike, gave Cyprus a 2-1 win.

Nacer Chadli celebrates his goal (Photo: REUTERS)

Friday’s World Cup qualifying results

Group A

  • Belarus 2-1 Bulagria
  • Holland 5-0 Luxembourg
  • Sweden 2-1 France

Group B

  • Andorra 1-0 Hungary
  • Faroe Islands 0-2 Switzerland
  • Latvia 0-3 Portugal

Group H

  • Bosnia 0-0 Greece
  • Estonia 0-2 Belgium
  • Gibraltar 1-2 Cyprus
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