With a goal and two assists from winger Denzel Dumfries, the Netherlands beat the United States 3-1 on Saturday to book their first berth in the World Cup quarter-finals in Qatar, where they will face Argentina, who beat Australia 2-1. Beaten by -1.
In its most practical version, Louis van Gaal’s ‘Oranje’ stunned an inexperienced United States by scoring at crucial moments at Doha’s Khalifa Stadium (44,846 spectators).
With just over three minutes left in the game, American star Christian Pulisic had an unbeatable opportunity to open the scoring in a one-on-one against goalkeeper Andries Knoppert.
Memphis Depay, on the other hand, didn’t waste the first Dutch chance and made it 1-0 in the 10th minute with a pass from Denzel Dumfries.
The Inter winger himself also assisted Daly Blind to make it 2-0 on 45+1, an even harder blow for American footballers on the brink of comfort.
Haji Wright, who had come on from the bench, pulled off a brace in the 76th minute but Dumfries ended American hopes by scoring in the 81st minute to make it 3–1.
“When you look at the difference between the two teams tonight, the Netherlands have a quality to shut down their chances, a quality we don’t have,” said US coach Greg Berhalter.
“We need time, we have a young group and currently we don’t have Memphis Depay,” he admitted.
“We don’t need to be satisfied because we won 3-1. We are going to face tough opponents,” Van Gaal insisted on Dutch channel NOS. “We haven’t been good with possession (…) We could have done much better and we have to.”
The Netherlands, who return to the quarter-finals after their painful absence from Russia-2018, knew how to apply their hierarchy and effectiveness against the North American team, which was the youngest in the round of 16 and which was at its most important. Was facing one of the games. history.
With their most promising generation of soccer players, ‘Team USA’ aspires to advance to the quarterfinals for the first time since 2002 to give the country an injection of hope for the World Cup they will co-host in 2026.
– disappointed return –
As a footballer raised in the Netherlands, Greg Berhalter replaced injured striker Josh Sargent with Colombian-American Jesus Ferreira, who had a bitter World Cup debut and was powerless against the centre-back wall under Virgil van There was relief in time. Okay.
Van Gaal was once again immune to criticism for conservatism and passed the ball to his opponent without any complications.
With only three minutes left in the game, a rebound initially went over the Dutch defense and landed at Pulisic’s feet in the box.
The Chelsea striker’s shot, surprised to find himself offside, was kicked by goalkeeper Andries Knoppert.
“It’s going to hurt for a while,” Pulisic said of the loss and his missed chances, admitting he thought he was offside at the time.
The Netherlands answered the challenge with a piece of art from their football school.
A play of up to 20 passes in a row led to an opening on the right wing for Dumfries, who sent in a low cross upon the arrival of Depay and made it 1–0 with a withering cross shot.
– Possible rematch –
The United States continued to take the initiative in the game, with Sergio Daest scoring tries down the right flank, which had one of the weakest performances against his country of birth at the World Cup.
Tim Weah’s long shot in the 43rd minute threatened to wake up the United States, but the Netherlands increased their lead just three later with a Dumfries death pass from the baseline to Blind.
Haji Wright, one of the forwards that Berhalter saved off the bench, made it 2–1 with a freakish shot that misled the goalkeeper and brought the United States back to life.
The Americans went for an equalizer but the Netherlands again scored at the right time.
Dumfries took it upon themselves to make it 3–1 after his two assists, taking advantage of a marking error which allowed him to finish just at the far post.
“I don’t know how their goal came about, but after that we found a way to keep fighting and I think that says everything about this team,” Dutch captain Van Dijk congratulated himself.
The Netherlands now await a clash with Lionel Messi’s Argentina in the quarter-finals, where they will look to avenge their 2014 semi-final loss.
“We have to do the same thing against Messi,” warned goalkeeper Knoppert.