Países Bajos vence a Estados Unidos (3-1) y aguarda en cuartos a Argentina o Australia / NETHERLANDS 3-1 UNITED STATES: ORANJE RIDE THEIR LUCK BUT DUMFRIES INSPIRES QUARTER-FINAL PROGRESSION

Al Rayyan (Catar) (EFE).- Países Bajos ganó por 3-1 a Estados Unidos, que queda eliminada del Mundial, una victoria que permite a la selección ‘oranje’ pasar a cuartos de final.

El equipo neerlandés fue el encargado de inaugurar el marcador en el minuto 10 gracias al gol de Memphis Depay tras una precisa combinación colectiva de un área a otra. Poquísimo antes del descanso sumó otro gol Daley Blind, dando más ventaja a la selección de Países Bajo, que se fue al descanso con un 2-0 a su favor.

En la segunda parte Estados Unidos recortó distancias gracias a un gol de Haji Wright en el minuto 76, lo que le daba opciones de luchar por la remontada. Sin embargo, el equipo europeo respondió rápido, y a los cinco minutos anotó el tercer y último gol por medio de Denzel Dumfries.

Denzel Dumfries, protagonista en el partido
Dumfries fue precisamente el gran protagonista del partido, ya que tres acciones suyas dieron el pase a Países Bajos: dos asistencias y un gol.

Países Bajos, la eterna aspirante, triple subcampeona del mundo -1974 (liderada por el irrepetible Johan Cruyff), 1978 (sin él) y en 2010, cuando cayó en la final del Mundial de Sudáfrica ante la virtuosa España- y otras dos veces más semifinalista -la última de ellas hace ocho años, en Brasil, donde acabó tercera, en la primera etapa de Louis Van Gaal- no podía dejar pasar la oportunidad de postularse entre las candidatas a levantar la Copa en Qatar. Y esta vez hizo buenos los pronósticos que la señalaban como favorita ante Estados Unidos.

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Denzel Dumfries’ heroics proved vital as the Netherlands rode their luck while beating the United States 3-1 on Saturday to reach World Cup quarter-finals.

Louis van Gaal’s key tactic appeared to revolve around letting the USA have control, but the Oranje required two goal-line clearances in the second half before picking their opponents off late on.

It looked straightforward for a while as Dumfries set up Memphis Depay and Daley Blind to give the Dutch lead a commanding lead at the break.

Tim Ream and Haji Wright were then both denied by last-ditch interventions in the second period, before the latter gave the USA a lifeline.

But Dumfries finished them off to cap a wonderful performance and seal progress.

A lightning start should have brought a third-minute opener for Christian Pulisic, but the USA talisman failed to beat Andries Noppert.

The Netherlands capitalised on that let-off seven minutes later.

A 20-pass sequence ended with Dumfries pulling a low cross back to the edge of the box and Depay swept first-time into the bottom-left corner.

The Oranje subsequently allowed the USA to dominate and then hit them with a sucker punch on the stroke of half-time, Dumfries pulling back to Blind in a near-exact replica of the opener.

Ream was denied by Cody Gakpo’s goal-line clearance just after the break, before Depay nearly gifted the USA a goal, with Wright rounding Noppert only to see Dumfries save the day.

Wright did score fortuitously soon after, the ball looping up off his foot and going over Noppert.

But dreadful marking allowed Dumfries to turn in a Blind cross nine minutes from time, killing off the USA’s comeback hopes.

You could certainly make an argument for the USA playing very well here. They looked vibrant going forward and stitched together some intricate moves in the final third.

But there was undoubtedly an element of them playing into the Netherlands’ hands. The Dutch made little effort to control the first half and the USA walked right into the trap.

The Oranje’s pace in attack – or, perhaps more pointedly, the USA’s lack of at the back – caused Gregg Berhalter’s side real worry. The Netherlands required a bit of luck, but they got the job done.

Double Dutch for Denzel Dumfries

There is no doubt who the key man was for the Netherlands. Dumfries got two assists and was generally a vital presence on the right, with virtually every threatening attack from the Oranje coming via him. Unsurprisingly he got the goal to vanquish the USA’s hopes of a turnaround.

Ferreira fails to take his chance

Given his first outing of the tournament in the absence of Josh Sargent, Ferreira struggled to make an impact before being substituted at half-time.

What’s next?

The Netherlands will play either Argentina or Australia at Lusail Stadium on Friday in the quarter-final. The United States are heading home.

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