Stengs grabs hat-trick as Dutch thrash Gibraltar 6-0
FARO, Portugal : Netherlands' Calvin Stengs netted a hat-trick as they easily disposed of Gibraltar 6-0 in their Euro 2024 qualifier on Tuesday although the Dutch did not come anywhere near to France’s record score at the weekend.
Mats Wieffer, Teun Koopmeiners and substitute Cody Gakpo added the other goals for an experimental Dutch side completing their qualifying campaign, having already secured their place at next year’s finals in Germany.
Stengs had the Dutch ahead in the 10th minute and added two more after the break, completing his treble with a strong left- foot effort inside the penalty box.
The Dutch goal haul, however, was nothing near the 14 that France scored against Gibraltar in Nice on Saturday to set a record in the European Championship qualifiers.
But visiting Dutch coach Ronald Koeman looked to use many of his up-and-coming talents in a match that followed his side's 1-0 win over Ireland on Saturday that secured qualification.
Teenage defender Jorrel Hato came on at halftime for captain Virgil van Dijk and became, at 17 years and eight months, the fifth youngest player to be capped by the Netherlands.
They finished second behind France in Group B while Gibraltar ended bottom after losing all eight games, conceding 41 and failing to score.
Tuesday’s result means Gibraltar have conceded 20 goals in their two internationals this month while goalkeeper Dayle Coleling, 27, has now let in 101 goals in 31 appearances.
(Writing by Mark Gleeson in Cape Town; Editing by Ken Ferris)