Netherlands overcome USA to book Last 8 spot

Netherlands overcome USA to book Last 8 spot
Denzel Dumfries of the Netherlands celebrates after scoring the 3-1 during the FIFA World Cup 2022 round of 16 soccer match between the Netherlands and the USA at Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, 03 December 2022. EPA/Rungroj Yongrit

by Staff Reporter

Saturday Dec 03, 2022. 19:50

Netherlands defeated United States of America (USA) 3-1 in a 2022 World Cup Round of 16 match at the Khalifa International Stadium in Qatar on Saturday evening.

As a result, the Flying Dutchmen booked their spot in the quarter-finals, while the Stars and Stripes crashed out of the tournament. The Netherlands will take on either Argentina or Australia at the Lusail Iconic Stadium on Friday.

The Flying Dutchmen attacked the Stars and Stripes with speed with Denzel Dumfries looking lively on the right flank and he provided the assist when Memphis Depay netted in the 10th minute to hand the Netherlands a 1-0 lead.

Dumfries’ speed was creating problems for the USA defence and he managed to provide his second assist in first half stopppage time. Daley Blind was the man who scored to make it 2-0 to the Netherlands heading into the half-time break.

The Netherlands continued to attack after the restart with Dumfries making his explosive overlapping runs. Tim Ream nearly netted an own-goal from Dumfries’ cross with goalkeeper Matt Turner forced to make a fine save in the 52nd minute.

The introduction of Haji Wright in the 67th minute changed the complexion of the match. The towering marksman managed to pull one back with a cheeky backheel finish to make it 2-1 with Christian Pulisic providing the assist with 14 minutes left.

However, Dumfries, who had a brilliant match, had other ideas as the Inter Milan star snatched a late goal in the 81st minute to seal the Netherlands a 3-1 win over the USA with Blind providing the assist.

Netherlands (2) 3 (Depay 10′, Blind 45’+1, Dumfries 81′)

USA (0) 1 (Wright 76′)

Netherlands: Noppert; Dumfries, Timber, Van Dijk, Ake (De Ligt 90’+4), Blind, De Roon (Bergwijn 46′), F. de Jong, Klaassen (Koopmeiners 46′), Gakpo (Weghorst 90’+4), Depay (Simons 83′).

USA: Turner; Dest (Yedlin 75′), Zimmerman, Ream, Robinson, Adams, Musah, McKennie (Wright 67′), Pulisic, Weah (Aaronson 67′), Ferreira (Reyna 46′).

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