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Three players of Ghanaian descent score four goals in Netherlands win over Montenegro in 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifier Featured

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Three Dutch-borns of Ghanaian descent combined to propel Netherlands to a resounding home victory over Montenegro in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Trio Memphis Depay, Georgino Wijnaldum and Cody Gakpo were on the score sheet for Netherlands ensuring Netherlands a 4-0 convincing win over Montenegro at the Philips Stadion.

On the 38th minute, Netherlands had the lead with Memphis Depay was fouled in the box and the Barcelona forward netted the resulting penalty himself to make it 1-0.

Before the break, it could have been 2-0 but Memphis curled the ball just off target while Stefan de Vrij put a volley wide.

Montenegro barely threatened but early in the second half, Wijnaldum gifted them a chance. However, Justin Bijlow made a big save to deny Milutin Osmajic. Malacia then nearly gifted Montenegro a goal from a terrible backpass, but Stefan Mugosa could not convert.

Netherlands were looking shaky but in the 62nd minute, Depay netted his second goal of the game to ease any nerves for the hosts. Eight minutes later, Steven Berghuis picked out Wijnaldum with an excellent cross and the midfielder made it 3-0.

Gakpo then made it 4-0 with an excellent curled strike from the edge of the box. It was the PSV Eindhoven winger’s first international goal and one to remember.

FC Barcelona attacker Memphis Depay was born in Holland to a Ghanaian father and a Dutch mum. He has visited the West African nation couple of times despite opting to represent the Oranje (senior national team of Netherlands).

Wijnaldum was formerly known as Georginio Boateng, but following his mother's divorce with a Ghanaian dad, he took her maiden name (Wijnaldum).

Gakpo was also born in Holland to a Ghanaian father and a Togolese mother.

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