Netherlands vs USA: Denzel Dumfries Ends America’s Dream of Quarter Finals In Qatar

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Netherlands vs USA: Denzel Dumfries’ performances helped the Netherlands end the America’s dream of going to the quarterfinals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup.

The Netherlands scored two goals in the first half, both by former Manchester United players Memphis Depay and Daley Blind.

USA substitute Haji Wright scored in the 78th minute to give the Americans hope of getting an equalizer in the match. Minutes later, Inter Milan’s Dumfries scored the winning goal, thanks to an assist from Daley Blind.

Memphis Depay celebrates after scoring

Dumfries provided assists from the right side for the first two goals, and he was arguably the best Dutch player on the pitch today. 

Before this meeting, Holland had managed four shots on target in the competition while the USA had mustered only two, both of which had gone in.

Less than three minutes into the match, Tyler Adams played the part of Christian Pulisic. The Chelsea winger had to control the ball before shooting it, and it was stopped by Netherlands goalkeeper Andries Noppert, who was able to save with his foot.

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Netherlands players celebrating after winning the match

That appeared to be the Americans’ declaration of intent, and for a brief period of time they were in control as the Dutch sat back across the edge of their penalty area.

Another USA raid soon followed, this time down the right as Weston McKennie crossed in the direction of Pulisic, but the ball was diverted.

It was expected given how brilliantly Berhalter’s men had performed in their 0-0 draw with England the previous week.

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Memphis celebrates with Cody Gakpo

However, the Dutch made a breakaway to score just when it seemed the half’s rhythm had been established.

Tim Weah who has been playing to his best ability, made an attempt from the edge of the box which was stopped by Netherlands Noppert. In addition, the USA offered nothing little as they tried to get back into the game.

However, they did pose a threat almost right away when McKennie met a corner and Tim Ream headed the ball towards goal, where Cody Gakpo of all players cleared off the line.

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Christian Pulisic preparing for a match

Another low cross from Dumfries came dangerously close to being diverted into his own goal by a white-shirt defender at the other end of the field. Matt Turner stood firm enough to make a save.

The United State of America have themselves to blame as they looked poor at the back.

The Netherlands have been impressive and have shown a lot of improvement especially against the American team.

Van Dijk celebrates after the final whistle

Louis Van Gaal is already getting the credit he deserves as his team showed elements of a potential World Cup favorite. 

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Netherlands players celebrate with Memphis Depay

What Next For Netherlands and USA

The Netherlands are through to the quarterfinals of the World Cup and must wait patiently for the outcome between Argentina and Australia on December 3, 2022, by 8:00 p.m. Before now, most pundits have predicted that it was likely to be the Netherlands against Argentina.

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Netherlands vs USA: The Dutch players celebrate after winning the game against United State of America

The United States of America will play Grenada in the CONCACAF Nations League on March 24, 2023.

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