Memphis Depei scored one, he put Georginio Winyaldum for the next two, and the Netherlands made three of three.
The Dutch team finished the group stage of the European Championship with a 3-0 victory over Northern Macedonia on Monday, the second team in the tournament after Italy to win all three of its opening matches.
Depei, who had just signed for Barcelona, scored the first goal after a shiny counterattack in the 24th minute. He then passed to Wijnaldum for a goal with a break in the 51st minute, and seven minutes later goalkeeper Stole Dimitrievski saved a shot from Depay, which Wijnaldum scored in the roof of the net from the rebound.
The Netherlands had already won the group before the match, and Northern Macedonia had already been eliminated after losing their first two matches in their first major tournament.
The match at the Johan Cruyff Arena was the 122nd and last international match for the captain of Northern Macedonia, Goran Pandev. His teammates formed an honor guard and the crowd gave him a standing ovation when he was substituted in the 69th minute.
Northern Macedonia created the best chances before Depay’s goal.
Ivan Trikkovski slipped a low shot into the corner of the net in the ninth minute, but the goal was ruled out for offside. And on the 22nd Alexander Trajkovski hit the crossbar with a shot outside the frame, after it was placed by Pandev.
The Dutch took the lead two minutes later. The Daily Blind dealt with Pandev near the Dutch penalty area, and the new attacking partnership of the Netherlands Daniel Malen and Depay exchanged passes twice in a quick counterattack, which ended with a shot by Depay low near Dimitrievski. VAR checked Blind’s devices and decided he was playing fair with the ball.
In the second half, the coach of the Netherlands Frank de Buer moved to the traditional Dutch team of four defenders, three midfielders and three strikers. The change worked almost immediately, with Wijnaldum scoring twice in seven minutes.
It was a disappointing end for Pandev, who began his international career in 2001 and scored 38 goals for his country.
Before the start, Wijnaldum presented the veteran from Northern Macedonia with an orange Dutch T-shirt with the number 122 on the back to mark the final number of Pandev’s national team.
Now the Netherlands have to wait to see which team will face the quarterfinals on Sunday in Budapest. As the winner in Group C, the team will qualify against the third place finisher in Group D, E or F.