Denzel Dumfries starred because the Netherlands noticed off a spirited second half from USA to win their final-16 tie 3-1 and e-book their place within the quarter finals of the World Cup.
First-half objectives from Memphis Depay (10) and Daley Blind (45+1), swept dwelling in comparable vogue from Dumfries crosses, put the Dutch in management however USA compelled each the Inter Milan defender and Cody Gakpo to clear off the road earlier than Haji Wright produced an “impossible” 76th-minute end to arrange an enormous finale.
Standout performer Dumfries ended their hopes of a dramatic turnaround, although, volleying in Blind’s cross within the 83rd minute to safe the victory.
USA had been boosted by Christian Pulisic being handed match to play however the Chelsea ahead wasted an excellent opening simply three minutes in, taking pictures at Andries Noppert when clear by way of.
From then on, the Netherlands soaked up strain nicely by way of the primary half and repeatedly threatened on the counter-assault – an efficient tactical ploy from Dutch boss Louis van Gaal, who’s now unbeaten in all 11 of his World Cup matches in cost.
USA opened the sport up after the break however got here out on the fallacious finish of the chaos. Their youthful aspect must take their learnings from Qatar into the 2026 World Cup, when they are going to be joint-hosts.
As for the Netherlands – into the final eight for the fifth time of their final six World Cups – they are going to now flip their attentions to dealing with the winner of Argentina vs Australia on the Lusail Iconic Stadium at 7pm on Friday December 9.
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