AL KHOR, Qatar — Netherlands secured high spot in Group A on the 2022 World Cup after defeating hosts Qatar 2-0 on the Al Bayt Stadium on Tuesday.
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Dutch coach Louis van Gaal handed Memphis Depay and Marten de Roon begins, however it was Cody Gakpo who continued his run of a purpose per recreation right here in Qatar as he gave the Dutch a first-half lead with a trademark strike.
Frenkie de Jong bundled in one other early within the second half and the Dutch had one other effort dominated out after 68 minutes for a suspect handball name given towards Gakpo within the build-up to a Steven Berghuis tap-in.
It is the Dutch who progress as group winners, the place they’re going to face the second-placed aspect from Group B within the spherical of 16. For Qatar, their marketing campaign involves an finish with zero factors from their three matches.
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1. Job completed for the Dutch
When the second-placed crew from Group B finally watches this recreation again, this Dutch efficiency will give them meals for thought, however it is going to fall in need of inducing any panic. There have been the moments of sophistication from the Netherlands like Gakpo’s end, however these eye-catching glimpses of potential on this crew have been uncommon.
Followers of PSV and frequent watchers of the Eredivisie have seen that purpose already this season, as Gakpo cuts in from the left throughout the face of the field and locations the ball within the far nook together with his proper foot. It was a neat transfer together with his give-and-go with Davy Klaassen — who has a purpose and two assists to this point on this World Cup — creating the required house. Gakpo’s worth is simply rising as he continues to relish in his breakout World Cup.
However bar that, this was a sloppy match. The Dutch had the possession and territory however have been wasteful in entrance of purpose. This was Depay’s first begin on this World Cup having recovered from damage, however his radar was uncharacteristically wayward as he squandered a good probability within the first half and misplaced passes with the Dutch in respectable areas of the sector.
The second half had predictably extra space. Depay lastly managed to bother the goalkeeper with an in depth vary strike, just for De Jong to bundle within the rebound. That they had one other breakaway effort disallowed for a handball within the build-up.
So it is a case of job completed for the Dutch. They progress to the knockouts with two clear sheets to their title, and 7 factors. With no damage issues, Van Gaal will take that. However we’re nonetheless ready to see this crew come to life for longer than brief spells. They left it late to beat Senegal 2-0 of their opener, needing the brilliance of Gakpo to drive that, whereas they managed simply two pictures on purpose of their 1-1 draw with Ecuador final day trip. This was straight ahead, however they actually ought to have clocked up the targets.
2. Gakpo shines once more, however different younger stars but to get an opportunity
Van Gaal’s crew choice raised eyebrows. In his information convention on Monday, Van Gaal instructed Depay can be unlikely to begin as they handle his return from him, and hinted that the sensible younger expertise Xavi Simons could get his shot from him.
However when the crew sheet got here by way of, Van Gaal had Depay up entrance forward of Steven Bergwijn, whereas veteran De Roon began in midfield. This was an opportunity for the Dutch to place down a marker within the match. It will have been the proper stage for Simons to shine from the outset and supply Van Gaal a real barometer of the place he is at.
Simons, alongside his PSV teammate Gakpo, is likely one of the in-form gamers in European soccer, and has excelled within the Dutch league this time period. He is catching the eyes of a number of of the European giants however whereas he was a late, shock decide by Van Gaal for the World Cup, we’re but to see him function in Qatar.
As a substitute Van Gaal opted for the skilled Steven Berghuis and Vincent Janssen to present the crew some impetus within the second half they usually made a close to fast influence to mix for a harshly dominated out purpose however this recreation was crying out for Simons to be given an opportunity .
3. Qatar seal undesirable place in World Cup historical past books
Qatar end their World Cup with zero factors from three video games and, within the course of, made historical past. They’re the primary host nation to lose all three of their group-stage matches. It isn’t the return they hoped for, or certainly deliberate for. From the expectation on opening night time, to this quiet affair within the Al Bayt Stadium simply 9 days on, it was fairly the distinction. The stadium wasn’t full — unusual given the hosts have been in motion — whereas the one noise punctuating the quiet sky was the relentless drum and that small patch of bouncing followers behind the purpose, all wearing similar maroon T-shirts.
The supervisor Felix Sanchez stated prematch the crew would have “most well-liked to be in a greater scenario” but in addition praised what the gamers have achieved within the years operating as much as the match. He did admit, although, the crew is “lagging behind” and that may be a honest evaluation.
Qatar did hassle their opponents occasionally. They discovered pleasure behind the Netherlands’ superior fullbacks, however time and time once more, their remaining ball was wayward, and Virgil van Dijk was in a position to mop it up with none actual stress.
The crew’s legacy on this match will solely be quantifiable in years to return — with the spotlight of their three matches seemingly their sole purpose, Mohammed Muntari’s effort of their 3-1 defeat to Senegal. With the World Cup increasing to 48 groups within the subsequent version, groups of the usual of Qatar will stand a greater probability of progressing previous the group stage. However for all of the expectation round this group, and people daring to dream of a miraculous run, Qatar’s crew fell brief.
Participant rankings (1 = worst, 10 = greatest)
Netherlands: Andries Noppert 6, Denzel Dumfries 6, Nathan Ake 6, Virgil van Dijk 7, Jurrien Timber 7, Daley Blind 6, Marten de Roon 6, Frenkie de Jong 8, Davy Klaassen 7, Cody Gakpo 7, Memphis Depay 6.
subs: Steven Berghuis 6, Vincent Janssen 6, Wout Weghorst 6, Teun Koopmeiners 6, Kenneth Taylor 6.
Qatar: Meshaal Barsham 6, Boualem Khoukhi 6, Pedro Miguel 5, Homam Ahmed 5, Ismail Mohamad 6, Abdelkarim Hassan 6, Abdulaziz Hatem 6, Hassan Al-Haydos 5, Assim Madibo 6, Almoez Ali 5, Azram Afif 7.
Subs: Karim Boudiaf 5, Mohammed Muntari 6, Ali Asad 6, Musaab Khadir 6, Ahmed Al-Aaeldin 6.
Finest and worst performers
BEST: Frenkie de Jong
The Barcelona playmaker was the very best participant on the pitch. He was the heartbeat of this Dutch efficiency and, alongside Gakpo, arguably the very best Dutch participant at this match to this point.
WORST: Almoez Ali
The Qatar striker had a recreation to overlook for the hosts as he did not make any dent within the Dutch protection.
Highlights and noteworthy moments
Gakpo’s standing as one of many breakout stars of the match was sealed when he scored his third purpose in as many matches in Qatar to open the scoring.
GAKPO DOES IT AGAIN 🔥
He now has 3 targets in 3 video games for the Netherlands 🇳🇱 pic.twitter.com/UolQaLqSck
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) November 29, 2022
De Jong then gave his crew a two-goal cushion. He might hardly have requested for a neater alternative to attain his first-ever World Cup purpose.
That did not take lengthy ⚡️🇳🇱
Frenkie de Jong makes it 2-0 for the Netherlands pic.twitter.com/AUowF6foN0
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) November 29, 2022
After the match: What the gamers and managers stated
Netherlands coach Louis van Gaal: “Cody Gakpo is a really younger participant, he is solely been enjoying for PSV for 2 or three years… [he] has the whole lot it takes to turn into a star and plus he has an exquisite persona as a result of he is open to something and the whole lot…
“We did not give away many probabilities, ball possession was higher than towards Ecuador and the distinction is Memphis is enjoying as he was concerned in these two targets. That is the distinction. However we have now to deliver Memphis into the sport step by step and Marten de Roon hasn’t performed for six weeks, so I’ve needed to regulate my imaginative and prescient in such a approach as I had to ensure gamers who weren’t match might be a part of us and now I’m so happy with that call. Matthijs de Ligt and was injured simply earlier than the World Cup, however they’ve all overcome their issues.”
Netherlands ahead Cody Gakpo: “We’re by way of, that is what as we speak was all about. I feel we have been higher on the ball than in current video games, we had slightly extra management.”
Qatar coach Felix Sanchez: “We’re a rustic with 6000 licensed footballers, so this was a probable scenario. We by no means thought at any time to set a purpose of reaching the spherical of 16 or the quarter-finals. Our purpose was to get right here, to compete and see what we might do. We’ve got a long-term plan that doesn’t rely upon me or anybody else, so we’re going to relaxation for just a few days in the event you enable us, after which we will maintain working.”
Key stats (supplied by ESPN Stats & Info)
At 23 years and 206 days previous, Cody Gakpo is the youngest Dutch participant to attain three targets at a FIFA World Cup.
The PSV ahead is the primary Dutch participant to attain in every group-stage recreation at a single World Cup.
Gakpo joins James Rodríguez and Lionel Messi (each 2014) among the many solely gamers to attain in every of their crew’s first three World Cup video games at any of the final 5 tournaments.
Frenkie de Jong scored his second profession purpose for the Dutch nationwide crew. His solely different purpose got here in September 2019 towards Germany in a Euro 2020 qualifier.
Qatar are the primary host nation to lose three matches at a single World Cup finals.
Qatar end their World Cup marketing campaign with a purpose distinction of -6, the worst ever for a World Cup host nation. The earlier file was set by Brazil in 2014 (-3), thanks largely to their 7-1 loss to eventual winners Germany within the semifinals.
Netherlands: As Group A winners, the Dutch will face the runners-up in Group B — which contains England, Iran, United States and Wales — at Khalifa Worldwide Stadium on Saturday 6 pm native time/10 am ET.
Qatar: The hosts are leaving their very own social gathering early however, lest we overlook, they’re nonetheless reigning Asian champions and their subsequent probability to win extra silverware comes proper after the flip of the 12 months. The Gulf Cup kicks off in January and Qatar will face Kuwait (Jan. 7), Bahrain (Jan. 10) and the United Arab Emirates (Jan.13) in Group B of the eight-team regional match that can be staged in Basra , Iraq.