World Cup 2022, Holland-Qatar 2-0

Goals by Gakpo and de Jong, first place in group A

The Netherlands easily beat Qatar 2-0 with one goal in each half and qualified for the round of 16 of the World Cup as first in group A. Van Gaal’s team took the lead in the 26th minute with the third goal from Gakpo, top scorer of the World Cup, and doubled in the 49th minute with Frankie De Jong. The ‘orange’ will find the runners-up in group B in the round of 16. The landlords of Qatar are bad, finishing with 0 points in their first appearance in the World Cup.

The first chance of the match was for the hosts with Al Haydos who tried to engage Noppert from outside the area forcing him to save on the ground. Then it is Blind who plays the first Dutch blast, meeting Barsham’s parade. We can also see Depay who first tries with a semi-forward and then again with a blocked shot which is the prelude to the advantage. Gakpo was served centrally by Klaassen, slipped between the Qatari shirts and finished off the post to Barsham’s left.

The Netherlands returns to the field with the desire to end the game early, and 4 minutes are enough to score the 2-0 goal: Depay’s shot, Barsham blocks but doesn’t hold back and De Jong’s winning tap-in network with ease. Van Gaal’s team then decides to keep possession of the ball, occasionally leaving the initiative to their opponents The Netherlands would score again in the 67th minute with Berghuis having just come on with an assist from the other novelty of the second half, Janssen, but a touch by Gakpo’s hand forces the referee Gassama to review the action at the Var and cancel the 3-0. In the last minutes nothing happens until the referee blows his whistle.