The Netherlands beat the USA 3-1 in the eighth final of the World Cup in Qatar. Denzel Dumfries was the big man with a goal and two assists. Daly Blind also crowned his tournament handsomely. He was good for a goal and an assist.
The Dutch national team went out immediately in the opening minutes. A messy ball fell to the feet of Christian Pulisic, but the attacker fired the ball at Nobert’s feet. Daley was able to breathe a sigh of relief as he raised the blind offside. The US pressed hard and the Orange were having a hard time.
Nevertheless, the Netherlands’ first best attack was successful. An attack with twenty passes ended at the feet of Memphis through Denzel Dumfries, who did not change his mind and left the American goalkeeper with no chance: 1-0. After that, the image of the game did not change. The USA tried to pressure the Netherlands, having almost seventy percent of the possession, but the Netherlands had the best chances after the opening phase.
It looked like both teams went into the dressing room 1-0 down, but just before half-time Dumfries again had a tight low cross chance. This too was successful as Blind was able to slip 2-0. It became a resting state.
Van Gaal decided to make two substitutions at the start of the second half. Steven Bergwijn and Dean Koopmeiners replace Davy Claussen and Morton de Roon. The Americans came close to scoring on a corner kick, but Cody Kakpo made a save on the goal line. From the counter attack, American goalkeeper Matt Turner had to save on his own race.
For a long time, it looked like the game could be played out calmly, but Memphis were twice wrong with fifteen minutes to go. Dumfries managed to save an early effort from substitute Haji Wright, but a minute later the same Wright’s back-heel went over Andreas Nobert.
America’s joy was short-lived as Blind reached Dumfries with a cross, who was able to work the ball completely free behind Turner at the far post. Xavi Simmons made his Orange debut but didn’t score too many goals. As a result, a clash in the quarter-finals against Argentina or Australia awaits the Dutch national team.
Live at 4 pm | Netherlands – USA (3-1)
Nobert; Dumfries, Timber, Van Dijk, AK (90+3′ de Licht), Blind; De Roone (46′ Koopmeiners), De Jong, Klaassen (46′ Bergwijn); Gakpo (90+3′ Weghorst), Depay (83′ Simons).
Pasveer, Bijlow, De Licht, De Vrij, Malaysia, Frimpong, Simons, Taylor, Koopmeiners, Berghuis, Long, Janssen, Bergwijn, De Jong, Wegost.
United States Organization
Turner; Test (75′ Yedlin), Zimmerman, Ream, Robinson (90+2′ Morris); McKenney (67′ Aaronson), Adams, Musa; Pulisic, Vea (67′ right); Ferreira (46′ Reina).
Bills United States
Reyna, Aaronson, Horvath, De La Torre, Long, Morris, Roldan, Moore, Wright, Carter-Vickers, Yedlin, Acosta, Johnson, Scally.
1-0 Memphis Depay (10′)
2-0 Tally Blind (45+1′)
2-1 Haji Wright (76′)
3-1 Denzel Dumfries (81′)
– The Netherlands is struggling with a flu outbreak, which is happening in many other countries. It is not known which players are affected and whether they are fit to play.