De Bruyne stars as Belgium thrash Scotland

Agency, 10 September : Kevin de Bruyne inspired Belgium to a brutal defeat of hapless Scotland to all but end hopes of reaching Euro 2020 via their qualification group.

The Manchester City man set up Romelu Lukaku, Thomas Vermaelen and Toby Alderweireld and netted the fourth.

Steve Clarke’s side must now look to next year’s play-offs as their best hope of ending a 22-year wait for an appearance at a major finals.

Victory made it six wins from six for Roberto Martinez’s Group I leaders.

In truth, it could have been far worse for Scotland against the world’s number one ranked side at Hampden, who played well within themselves.

Scotland, in fifth, now trial Russia by nine points and Belgium by 12 with four games to go.

Babel nets twice as Dutch thump Estonia

The Netherlands upped the pressure on Northern Ireland in Group C by thumping Estonia in Euro 2020 qualifying.

Ronald Koeman’s side – who have a game in hand – moved within three points of second-placed Northern Ireland, who lost 2-0 against Germany.

Ryan Babel scored twice, converting Daley Blind’s cross from close range, as well as heading in at the far post.

Former Manchester United winger Memphis Depay curled in a beautiful third and Georginio Wijnaldum headed in late on.

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