Netherlands soar to second place with convincing win over Greece

Netherlands soar to second place with convincing win over Greece

The Netherlands' Euro 2024 qualifying campaign is firmly back on track after a 3-0 victory over Greece lifted them into second place in Group B.

France, who comprehensively beat the Dutch in the opening game, top the group with a 100 per cent record after a fifth successive victory following their 2-0 win over the Republic of Ireland, with Aurelien Tchouameni and Marcus Thuram scoring.

But the Netherlands have now moved in behind them after a second successive victory with goals from Marten de Roon, Liverpool's Cody Gakpo and on-loan Burnley striker Wout Weghorst.

Albania maintained their challenge in Group E as a 1-1 draw with leaders Czech Republic kept them ahead of Poland.

Nedim Bajrami's 66th-minute goal cancelled out Vaclav Cerny's opener to earn them a point in Prague, while Robert Lewandowski scored twice - one a penalty - as the Poles beat Faroe Islands 2-0.

Hungary came from behind to beat Serbia 2-1 and open up a three-point cushion at the top of Group G, as Barnabas Varga and Willi Orban scored within three first-half minutes of each other as they recovered from Atila Szalai's early own goal.

Lithuania's Fedor Cernych scored a stoppage-time equaliser in a 2-2 draw to damage Montenegro's chances after Nikola Krstovic and Stefan Savic had struck late in the game to take the lead.

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