The Dutch national team did good business on Tuesday-evening in qualifying for the 2022 World Cup. The team of national coach Frank de Boer won 0-7 thanks to a strong second half against the dwarf state of Gibraltar and saw competitor Turkey spill points against Latvia.
At half time it was only 0-1 in the iconic Victoria Stadium, due to a goal from Steven Berghuis, but in the second half it went a lot smoother. Luuk de Jong, Memphis Depay, Georginio Wijnaldum and Donyell Malen scored between the 55th and 65th minute.
Substitute Donny van de Beek made it 0-6 five minutes before time and Memphis took care of the seventh Dutch goal in the 88th minute. However, the record victory of the Netherlands – 11-0 against San Marino in 2011 – was no longer in sight.
It was important for the Orange to score a lot against the impotent Gibraltar, because in the event of a tie in the World Cup qualifying pool, the goal difference will be decisive. Only the group winner qualifies for the World Cup in Qatar. The number two must win a ticket for the tournament via the play-offs.
The Orange ended the international period well and saw the so far strong Turkey – last week in Istanbul with 4-2 too strong for the Netherlands – surprisingly lose points against Latvia (3-3). Norway won at Montenegro (0-1) and, like Orange and Montenegro, is on six points, one less than leader Turkey.
The Dutch national team took a downer in the problem-free second half: Daley Blind was apparently seriously injured in the 54th minute and was carried off the field on a stretcher.
Standings World Cup qualifying pool Orange
- 1. Turkey 3-7 (+5)
- 2. Netherlands 3-6 (+7)
- 3. Montenegro 3-6 (+3)
- 4. Norway 3-6 (+1)
- 5. Latvia 3-1 (-3)
- 6. Gibraltar 3-0 (-13)
Luuk de Jong contributed with a goal to the resounding victory of Orange.
Orange is struggling to gain steam against Gibraltar
With the same eleven players as on Saturday against Latvia (2-0), the Orange got off the starting blocks quite difficultly against compact-playing Gibraltar, which lost all thirty previous World Cup and European Championship qualifying matches. The first serious shot came after fourteen minutes from left back Owen Wijndal, but his attempt went over and wide.
Not much later the 0-1 was almost a fact. A curving shot from Berghuis was turned and Memphis worked the ball on goalkeeper Dayle Coleing’s head in the rebound. In the minutes that followed, a number of shots were blocked and a detached Denzel Dumfries managed to head from close range wide.
Wijnaldum was also unable to crown the good phase of Orange with a goal, as his tight shot in the left corner was narrowly tapped away by star Coleing. The Orange kept missing opportunities and missed the finesse and surprise in the front to hurt Gibraltar.
After Klaassen also bumped into Coleing with a low shot in the 40th minute, Berghuis prevented the Orange from going to rest with a painful 0-0 score. The Feyenoord attacker got the ball in front of his feet with some fortune and curled nicely in the left corner. The first half ended in style with a carom that did not result in a hit.
The players of Orange did not celebrate the goals extensively.
The Orange team works on the goal difference after the break, but sees Blind drop out
De Boer intervened halfway by bringing Ryan Gravenberch for Dumfries, after which the national coach was forced to make another substitution in the 54th minute. In a rare attack by the home team, the broken Tjay De Barr was stopped by Blind, but the defender got caught in the artificial turf and apparently suffered a serious ankle injury.
With Malen replacing Blind, De Boer started to play even more attacking and that resulted in four hits in a time frame of ten minutes. Luuk de Jong scored with a well placed shot for the third World Cup qualifying match in a row and in the 61st minute a deflected free kick from Memphis ended up with a fortune in the far corner: 0-3.
In that phase, every attack suddenly hit the Orange. Wijnaldum hit the rebound impeccably after Coleing had turned his header and in the 64th minute Malen moved in on a pass from Klaassen. As if that wasn’t bad enough, Gibraltar saw the strong goalkeeper Coleing fall out injured.
With Kyle Goldwin under the bar, Gibraltar was nevertheless spared a bigger defeat for a long time, partly due to a nice save on a shot by Malen and an almost unmissable header from Wijnaldum that went over the ground.
In the absolute final phase, the Orange struck twice more. First, Van de Beek worked coolly in the 85th minute and three minutes later Memphis signed for his second goal of the evening, so that the Netherlands still worked on the goal difference after a rather difficult first half.
Daley Blind was carried off the field on a stretcher at the start of the second half.
View the program, the results and the standings in the World Cup qualification
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