Netherlands scored three late goals as Northern Ireland’s hopes of Euro 2020 qualification suffered a major blow

Netherlands 3-1 Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland’s hopes of Euro 2020 qualification suffered a major blow as they went down to an agonising last-gasp 3-1 defeat by the Netherlands.

Josh Magennis‘s 75th-minute header gave NI the lead but Memphis Depay toe-poked home the equalizer five minutes later.

Luuk de Jong‘s hooked effort in the first minute of injury time gave the hosts the lead and Depay slid the ball into the net for his second soon after.

The Dutch move top of the group, ahead of Germany and NI on goal difference.

European giants Netherlands and Germany both have a game in hand over Northern Ireland and are now in pole position to secure the two automatic qualification spots from Group C.

NI remain in contention however with a home game against Ronald Koeman’s side and an away fixture against Germany to come in November, but it looks a very uphill task.

Michael O’Neill’s team began their campaign with double victories over both Estonia and Belarus but a 2-0 home defeat by Germany last month, allied to this heartbreaking reverse in Rotterdam, have dealt a serious setback to their hopes of progressing.

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