October 10, 2019 / 8:56 PM / 13 days ago

Soccer-Dutch grab late goals to beat Northern Ireland

ROTTERDAM, Oct 10 (Reuters) - Memphis Depay scored twice and Luuk de Jong was also on target as the Netherlands came back from a goal down with 10 minutes left to beat Northern Ireland 3-1 in their Euro 2020 qualifier in Rotterdam on Thursday.

It was a fortunate escape for the home side who fell behind when Josh Magennis gave Northern Ireland the lead in the 75th minute after a stout defensive performance had frustrated the hosts.

Yet the Dutch responded with an equaliser from Depay in the 80th minute and then two stoppage-time goals that put them in a three-way tie at the top of Group C.

Netherlands, Germany and Northern Ireland all have 12 points, alhtough the Irish have played a game more. (Reporting by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Toby Davis)

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