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Blind limps off in Dutch thrashing of Latvia

Holland got their Euro 2016 Group A qualifying campaign back on track as they thrashed Latvia 6-0 in Amsterdam, but there could be bad news for Manchester United as defensive midfielder Daley Blind (below) limped off in the first-half with suspected knee ligament damage.

Dutch manager Guus Hiddink had threatened to walk away if the Oranje were beaten again, having seen his side defeated in both away games so far against the Czech Republic and Iceland.

However, any suggestions of another shock result were dispelled as captain Robin van Persie put the home side ahead after just six minutes with his 48th international goal.

Rampant Bayern Munich winger Arjen Robben cracked home a second and Klaas-Jan Huntelaar netted a third from close range just before half-time.

Jeffrey Bruma scored his first senior international goal after a corner with 12 minutes left. There was still time for Robben to lash in another from the edge of the Latvia box to cap a fine individual display, with Huntelaar adding a late sixth with a crisp turn and low finish.

The victory came at a cost, however, with Blind limping off in the first half.

Robben lashed in number five after a positive run from Georginio Wijnaldum down the right, cutting inside to fire past Kolinko from the edge of the box.

Huntelaar and substitute Memphis Depay were both denied by the busy Latvia keeper, before the Schalke striker swept in a sixth goal in the 89th minute.


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