Memphis Depay’s rich vein of goalscoring form has continued with two goals for the Netherlands against Montenegro in World Cup qualifying on Saturday.
The Barcelona forward opened the scoring from the penalty spot on 38 minutes. His strike means he’s now converted six of his seven penalties for his country (thanks Opta). The only players to have scored more penalties for the Netherlands are Ronald Koeman (8), Robin van Persie (7) and Johan Neeskens (7).
You get the feeling that Memphis may well end up taking the penalties for Barca this season, particularly with Lionel Messi, and Antoine Griezmann having both departed
The new Barcelona signing then then added a fine second goal just after the hour mark. Memphis smashed the ball past the goalkeeper at his near post to put the hosts into a commanding 2-0 lead. That’s now 30 goals in 70 matches for Memphis with the national team.
LE DOUBLÉ POUR MEMPHIS DEPAY !! pic.twitter.com/r660Xd5bZR— Memphis France (@DepayFrance) September 4, 2021
Georginio Wijnaldum added a third for the Oranje which brings up another great stat from the good folk at Opta. A massive 28 of the last 50 goals scored by the Netherlands were netted by either Wijnaldum (14) or Memphis (14).
PSV Cody Gakpo wrapped up a comfortable win for the Netherlands on 76 minutes with the team’s fourth goal. The win keeps the Netherlands in second place in the group, one point behind leaders Turkey who they go on to face on Tuesday.