They proved again why the Dutch are called the country of total football in the World Cup. The 2010 World Cup runner-up and the third in the 2014 World Cup, the Netherlands reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup again this time, showing power. Louis van Gaal’s team became the first team to reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup after defeating the United States 3-1.
Louis von Gaal’s Netherlands reached the quarter-finals by defeating the United States in a tense match. They won 3-1 in Qatar’s first knockout match of the World Cup. Daley Blind and Denzen Dumpris combined with Memphis Depay’s opening goal. Haji Wright scored the only goal for the USA.
The Netherlands defeated the United States 3-1 at the Khalifa International Stadium in the first match of the last 16 on Saturday night (December 3). 4 minutes into the match USA went on the attack. Christian Pulisic got the ball in space and took a shot. But his weak shot was blocked by the Dutch goalkeeper Andries Knoppert. As a result, the supporters in the gallery had to be disappointed.
The Netherlands took the lead after 6 minutes. The Dutch players advanced towards the opponent’s defense with a one-to-one pass from their own half. Denzel Dumpris crosses the ball from the right wing to De Pique who is running alone. Depay was successful with a shot at the far post, USA goalkeeper Matt Turner dived but could not reach the ball. At that time, Dipay started celebrating.
Cody Gakpo is the Netherlands’ top scorer in this World Cup so far. He went up with the ball from the middle of the field in the 17th minute of the match. Daley Blind gets the ball from him. A blind shot from outside the D box went over the US goalpost. Depaio misses the chance after the blind.
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The United States failed to mount a great attack just before the break. Their elaborate plan left the Dutch in the D box. In the next moment, the goal came again in front of the team. Timothy Weah’s bullet speed shot was turned away by Knoppert. The misfortune of the United States is to say! The United States did not score, but the Netherlands went into the break with another goal. Daley Blind scored this goal.
This time, Dunzel assisted Dumfries. He brilliantly dodged his marker and delivered the ball to the blinds. He did not make a mistake in putting the ball in the net. The two teams made three changes in the second half. A few chances were created but the USA had to wait until the 76th minute to get back into the match. Pulesic’s cutback hits Haji Wright’s feet. The Dutch dodged the goalkeeper and put the ball into the net.
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However, it did not take long for the Netherlands to finish the match. Dumfries, the supplier of the previous two, scored himself this time. He netted a lofted shot from the blind. After that, the United States could not return to the match. They have to withdraw from the World Cup.