AMSTERDAM: Netherlands shrugged off a slow start to go on and register an emphatic 4-0 victory over Scotland in their friendly international at the Johan Cruyff Arena.

Tijjani Reijnders blasted home from outside the box in the 40th minute to set the Dutch on their way to a fourth successive win.

But they had to cling onto their lead, with Scotland twice hitting the woodwork, before 33-year-old Georginio Wijnaldum doubled the tally in the 72nd minute with a header from close range.

Substitutes Wout Weghorst and Donyell Malen added two more in the last six minutes as the home team finished strongly.

Both countries were using the game to prepare for this June’s European Championship where the Dutch compete in Group D while Scotland feature in the opening game against hosts Germany.

The Scots had the game’s first chance, in the 18th minute, when Ryan Christie ghosted late into the Dutch box, throwing himself at a cross from Billy Gilmour and powering a header at goal that home keeper Mark Flekken got a strong hand to and was able to deflect onto the crossbar.

There were also opportunities for Scott McTominay and Gilmour early in the second half, both denied by blocks from the Dutch defence, while Christie sent a header wide in the 51st minute as John McGinn found him unmarked in front of goal.

Scotland should have been level in the 61st minute when a defensive slip saw Lawrence Shankland steal away possession but, with only the goalkeeper to beat, he missed the target as he hit the crossbar instead.

At the other end Scotland goalkeeper Angus Gunn made a one handed save to deny the injury-prone Memphis Depay, on his return to the Dutch side for the first time since last March.

But Gunn had no answer to Wijnaldum’s header and the late efforts from Weghorst and Malen.

Weghorst rose well to head home in the 84th minute and Malen was on the mark just two minutes later as the Dutch sprung to life in the closing stages and might have won by an even bigger margin.

Colombia win

Daniel Munoz scored with an acrobatic kick in the second half to give Colombia a 1-0 win in a London friendly against Spain, their first win ever against the 2010 World Cup champions.

After a dour first half in which both managers rested several key players, Colombia came back with more intensity following the interval, with former Real Madrid attacking midfielder James Rodriguez coming off the bench to lead his side to their fifth consecutive win and extend their unbeaten run to 18 games.

James and jet-heeled Luis Diaz were a constant menace to a Spanish defence, with Athletic Bilbao centre-back Dani Vivian, who was making his debut with the national team, struggling to stop the talented Liverpool winger.

Diaz was unstoppable motoring up and down their left wing and created several chances that his team mates wasted, two of them to James which first misfired a curling strike way up the bar and later forced keeper Alex Remiro to make a brilliant one-handed save to deny Colombia the opener.

It was not until the 61st minute that they finally managed to score, with James delivering a long pass that Diaz got in stride before slicing Vivian with a fine individual play in the left channel and deliver a cross to Crystal Palace defender Munoz, who netted an acrobatic volley into the top corner.

Colombia kept controlling the proceeding and wasted several other chances to extend their lead against a highly changed Spain, who were left with their back against the wall.

It was Spain’s first loss in one year, as manager Luis de la Fuente rested Rodri, Dani Carvajal, Alvaro Morata and several other key players in the build-up to the European Championship in Germany, which starts in June.

He handed international debuts to three players including Vivian and 17-year-old Barcelona defender Pau Cubarsi, who came off the bench late in the second-half.

Italy win

Two goals from Mateo Retegui gave Italy a 2-1 victory against Venezuela in a friendly match at Chase Stadium in Fort Lauderdale.

Retegui opened the scoring five minutes before halftime after a pass from Andrea Cambiaso, but Venezuela winger Darwin Machis equalised three minutes later thanks to a mistake from goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma.

Luciano Spalletti’s side controlled most of the game but could not score again until 10 minutes before the final whistle, when Retegui fired into Rafael Romo’s net to secure the win.

Italy are continuing their preparations for Euro 2024 in Germany, where they will face Spain, Albania and Croatia in Group B. They meet Ecuador on Sunday for another friendly in Harrison, New Jersey, while Venezuela will play Guatemala in Houston.

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