Record-breaking birthday boy Sneijder scores in Dutch win
Netherlands 5-0 Luxembourg

Record-breaking birthday boy Sneijder scores in Dutch win

Netherlands ran out 5-0 winners against Luxembourg in Dick Advocaat's first game back as manager of the Dutch.

Arjen Robben gave the returning manager, who'd coached the team twice before, a perfect start in the 21st minute, the Bayern Munich striker picking up a Wesley Hoedt through ball and firing home with his left foot for a 1-0 lead. The strike pulled Robben level with Johan Cruyff and Abe Lenstra for the seventh-most goals in Netherlands history with 33.

Wesley Sneijder marked the occasion of his 33rd birthday by doubling Netherlands' lead with a low line drive from 18 yeards to beat Ralph Schon after Memphis Depay sprang him with a nice flick at the top of the penalty area. The goal was Sneijder's 31st for his country in his 131st appearance, making the Galatasaray midfielder the most-capped Dutch player in history ahead of Edwin van der Sar.

A poor clearance by Luxembourg led to the hosts' third goal when Georginio Wijnaldum left no doubt with a curling first-time shot from the top of the area to pad Netherlands' lead.

Substitute Quincy Promes added his team's fourth with a close-range header following a Stefan de Vrij cross and with the outcome -- and a needed three points -- already assured for Advocaat's side, Vincent Janssen made it 5-0 from the penalty spot after being hauled down in the box by Schon.

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