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Wijnaldum grabs hat trick as Netherlands beat Estonia 5-0

Stand-in captain Georginio Wijnaldum scored a hat trick Tuesday and Myron Boadu netted on his debut as the Netherlands capped its successful European Championship qualification campaign by beating Estonia 5-0.

A 0-0 draw on Saturday against Northern Ireland had sealed the Netherlands’ qualification for its first major tournament since finishing third at the World Cup in Brazil in 2014. The Dutch finished second in Group C, behind Germany which thrashed Northern Ireland 6-1 Tuesday night.

Wijnaldum, wearing the captain’s arm band in the absence of Virgil van Dijk, opened the scoring with a sixth-minute header and calmly shot past Estonia goalkeeper Sergei Lepmets in the 66th and 79th minute.

Netherlands' Matthijs de Ligt, left, celebrates with Netherlands' Georginio Wijnaldum, second right, after he scored his side's fourth goal during the Euro 2020 group C qualifying soccer match between The Netherlands and Estonia at the Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. (AP PhotoPeter Dejong)

Defender Nathan Ake grabbed the Netherlands’ second goal with a header in the 19th minute and Boadu drove the ball under Lepmets in the 87th.

With qualification assured, coach Ronald Koeman gave debuts to two youngsters from AZ Alkmaar.

Attacking midfielder Calvin Stengs started the match and provided two assists for Wijnaldum goals, while 18-year-old Boadu came on as a halftime substitute.

Netherlands' Georginio Wijnaldum scores his side's third goal during the Euro 2020 group C qualifying soccer match between The Netherlands and Estonia at the Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. (AP PhotoPeter Dejong)

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Netherlands' Nathan Ake celebrates scoring his side's second goal during the Euro 2020 group C qualifying soccer match between The Netherlands and Estonia at the Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. (AP PhotoPeter Dejong)

Netherlands' Georginio Wijnaldum, right, scores his side's first goal during the Euro 2020 group C qualifying soccer match between The Netherlands and Estonia at the Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. Left is Estonia's Joonas Tam. (AP PhotoPeter Dejong)

Netherlands players celebrate scoring their side's first goal during the Euro 2020 group C qualifying soccer match between The Netherlands and Estonia at the Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. (AP PhotoPeter Dejong)

Netherlands players hug Netherlands' Nathan Ake, right, after he scored his side's second goal during the Euro 2020 group C qualifying soccer match between The Netherlands and Estonia at the Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. (AP PhotoPeter Dejong)

A soccer fan wears a hat in the colors of the Dutch flag during the Euro 2020 group C qualifying soccer match between The Netherlands and Estonia at the Johan Cruyff ArenA in Amsterdam, Netherlands, Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019. (AP PhotoPeter Dejong)