RAYAN, Qatar ( Associated Press) – The Netherlands stunned the United States with a blistering punch.
Memphis Depay and Daley Blind scored in the first half, while Denzel Dumfries scored a penalty with the third as the Oranje beat the United States 3–1 and reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Qatar.
Depay found the net after 10 minutes and Blind extended the lead to 45 for the Dutch, who secured their third win at this World Cup and await the winner of the match between Australia and Argentina.
Both targets of similar construction were hit thanks to the surgical services on the right wing of Dumfries, which suppressed the threat of a US withdrawal with a target of 81.
Haji Wright scored 76 for the Americans, who failed to reach the World Cup quarterfinals for the first time since Korea and Japan in 2002. Belgium, respectively.
Depay reached 43 goals with the national team to surpass Jan Huntelaar as the second all-time top scorer, surpassed only by Robin van Persie (50).
After missing the 2018 World Cup in Russia, the Dutch managed to win their last six matches in the best-of-16 round for the fifth time. They reached the quarter-finals for the first time since Brazil 2014, where they advanced to the semi-finals and eventually finished third.
Louis van Gaal’s side had just finished first in Group A with wins against Senegal and hosts Qatar and a draw against Ecuador.