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The Netherlands destroys the illusion of the United States and is first classified into the quarterfinals

With a goal and two assists from winger Denzel Dumfries, the Netherlands beat the United States 3-1 on Saturday to earn their first berth in the World Cup quarter-finals in Qatar, where they will face either Argentina or Australia. Louis van Gaal’s ‘Oranje’, in their most practical version, stabbed an inexperienced United States by scoring in psychologically crucial moments at Doha’s Khalifa Stadium (44,846 spectators). With just over three minutes left in the game, American star Christian Pulisic had an unbeatable opportunity to open the scoring in a one-on-one against goalkeeper Andries Knoppert. Memphis Depay, on the other hand, didn’t waste the first Dutch chance and made it 1-0 in the 10th minute with a pass from Denzel Dumfries. The Inter winger himself also assisted Daly Blind to make it 2-0 on 45+1, an even harder blow for American footballers on the brink of comfort. Haji Wright, who had come on from the bench, pulled off a brace in the 76th minute, but Dumfries shattered American hopes by scoring in the 81st minute to make the final score 3–1. To enforce their hierarchy and effectiveness against a North American team, the youngest team in the round of 16 and facing one of the most important games in their history. With their most promising generation of soccer players, ‘Team USA’ aspires to enter the quarterfinals for the first time since 2002 to give the country an injection of hope for the World Cup that they will co-host in 2026. – Disappointing return; – the duel between the Americans and the Dutch, both undefeated in the group stage, there was also a tactical battle between Greg Berhalter, who emerged as a footballer in the Netherlands, and Louis van van, one of the great masters of that football One was the cheek. Facing an injury to his center forward, Josh Sargent, Berhalter took the risk of fielding Colombian-American Jesús Ferreira, making his World Cup debut at the age of 21 in the middle of the qualifiers. The Santa Marta-born FC Dallas striker was unmarked and without body for a clash with three central defenders led by Virgil van Dijk and was substituted at halftime. Van Gaal, who will end his third spell at the helm of the ‘Oranje’ in Qatar, once again showed himself immune to criticism for conservatism and handed the ball to his opponent without any complications. The experienced former Barcelona coach had just three minutes left when a rebound went through the middle of the Dutch defense and landed at Pulisic’s feet in the box. The Chelsea striker’s shot, surprised to find himself offside, was kicked by goalkeeper Andries Knoppert. With high and offensive pressing, the United States managed to clear the ball away from their opponent but the Netherlands responded to the challenge with a work of art from their football school. A play of up to 20 passes in a row led to an opening on the right wing for Dumfries, who sent in a low cross upon the arrival of Depay and made it 1–0 with a withering cross shot. The Barcelona striker’s goal was a jug of cold water for the United States, who, in a dynamic unimaginable at previous World Cups, continued to take the initiative against the ‘Oranje’ waiting to throw Depay and his new team down was. motion. Sensation, Kodi Gakpo. – Dest, subdued – The United States moved the ball from the left flank to the right, where full-back Sergino Dest had one of the weakest World Cup performances against the country of his birth. In the 43rd minute, a long shot by Tim Weah threatened to wake up the United States, but the Netherlands increased their lead three times later with another Dumfries death pass from the baseline to Blind. After the break, Berhalter sent his team into the opposite area and one of the strikers, Haji Wright, saved from the bench, took a 2–1 lead, reviving the United States. The Antalyaspor striker, who had previously missed twice, fired in a cross from Pulisic’s right and the ball went wide of the goalkeeper. The North Americans went for a tie but the Netherlands again struck at the right time. Dumfries took it upon themselves to make it 3–1 after his two assists, taking advantage of a marking error which allowed him to finish just over the far post. The Netherlands are the first team set up for the quarter-finals, where they await a potential clash with Argentina in Lionel Messi’s farewell World Cup. GBV/PSR

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