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Holland Advance To Knockout Stages

Virgil van Dijk

The Netherlands confirmed their passage into the Round of 16 after goals from Cody Gakpo and Frenkie De Jong secured a 2-0 win over hosts Qatar.

It was a routine victory for Louis Van Gaal’s side, as they brushed the hosts aside with ease to qualify top of Group A with seven points.

Qatar exit the competition at the earliest possible stage with zero points, bottom of the group and with their tail firmly between their legs.

And like most of the games in Qatar so far, this Group A encounter got off to a rather slow start, with neither team having any meaningful chances and no real flow being established during the opening twenty minutes.

But in the 26th minute, Louis Van Gaal’s men found their way in front. A wonderful bit of intrinsic play from Memphis Depay, Cody Gakpo and Davy Klaassen allowed Gakpo a sighter on goal, and the 23-year-old made no mistake with the finish, blasting the ball past Qatar goalkeeper Barsham Meshaal into the bottom right corner for his third goal of the tournament.

That goal seemed to knock the stuffing out of a valiant Qatar, who looked like a side who wanted to end a dismal group stage on a high. But the gulf in quality between the two sides was there for the world to see as the game ticked towards the half-time interval.

Qatar had chances to attack at the Dutch goal, captain Hassan Al-Haydos being the Maroon’s only real creative spark, but his 40th minute attempt to play in Almoez Abdulla broke down yet another Qatari attack after misplacing the pass, as the hosts went into the break on a whimper.

The vulnerability that Qatar’s backline possessed was exploited again only four minutes into the second half, as the Oranje extended their advantage.

emphis Depay was afforded too much time and space in the Qatari penalty area, with his strike being brilliantly saved by Meshaal, but Frenkie De Jong was on hand to react quickest and slide the ball into an empty net to the delight of the Dutch.

Holland will now play the USA on Saturday in the round of 16

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