Belgium, Dutch enjoy Nations League wins

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Substitute Leandro Trossard has scored twice as Belgium put their Netherlands nightmare behind them to thump Poland 6-1 in a pulsating Nations League clash in Brussels.

Belgium, coming off a 4-1 home drubbing by their Dutch neighbours on Friday, fell behind at the King Baudouin Stadium on Wednesday when Robert Lewandowski netted just before the half-hour, but levelled before the break through Axel Witsel.

They dominated the second half and after goals from Kevin De Bruyne, Trossard (two), Leander Dendoncker and debutant Lois Openda moved to second in Group A4 after two rounds, above Poland (3) in third.

"It was fantastic today," Trossard said.

"We had to react after the last game. We played well and created many chances. And, of course, it's nice when you can score so many goals."

A second-string Netherlands brought Wales back down to earth, after they secured World Cup qualification at the weekend, with a 2-1 away victory in Cardiff.

Wout Weghorst won the game for the Dutch in a dramatic finale, scoring with a header four minutes into added time, straight after Wales looked to have snatched a late draw through Rhys Norrington-Davies.

"It was a fantastic counter but we were sloppy in the first half, turned over a lot of possession and so we couldn't attack," Dutch coach Louis Van Gaal said.

"But I keep saying we have a tremendous squad."

Teun Koopmeiners opened the scoring five minutes into the second half to give the visitors, who go top with six points, the lead.

In Dublin, Ukraine overcame the disappointment of not qualifying for Qatar by kick-starting their campaign with a nervy 1-0 victory over Ireland.

A set-piece goal from midfielder Viktor Tsygankov sealed the three points for the war-torn nation.

The result left Ireland bottom of Group B1 after losing to Armenia in their first game.

Scotland went top on goal difference after opening with a 2-0 win over Armenia in Glasgow thanks to Anthony Ralston and Scott McKenna's first international goals.

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