Netherlands dominate USA in first knock-out World Cup match

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Dutch masters: The Netherlands go through to the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Qatar [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

A 3-1 victory for the Oranje at the Khalifa International Stadium sends Team USA home.

The Netherlands have put three goals past the USA to book a place in the football World Cup quarter-finals in Qatar.

Despite scoring once, the USA posed little challenge to their opponents, who repeatedly outclassed the Stars and Stripes at the Khalifa International Stadium on Saturday.

Matt Turner in the USA goal produced some spectacular saves to deny the Dutch a larger scoreline, while his opposite number Andries Noppert was called upon far less frequently.

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Mark Turner produced some crucial saves for the USA [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

Although the USA enjoyed long periods of possession in a bright first-half display, all too often a lack of composure in the final third let them down.

Instead, it was the Dutch who calmly bided their time before carving open the USA defence with forensic precision.

USA forward Christian Pulisic squandered a golden chance to put his team 1-0 up after only three minutes when he found himself in space only to see a scuffed shot saved.

But the Netherlands grew into the game, with Memphis Depay and Daley Blind finding the net after being both assisted by Denzel Dumfries in the 10th and the first minute of first-half added time, respectively.

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Netherlands fans celebrate their team’s progression to the tournament’s last 8 [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]

Cody Gakpo cleared Tim Ream’s header off the line early in the second half to keep the Netherlands’ advantage safe, but the men in orange wasted chances to put the game to bed.

Second-half substitute Haji Wright cut the US deficit to 2-1 in the 76th minute when Pulisic’s cross hit his trailing foot and popped over Noppert and into the net.

But Dumfries restored a two-goal lead for the Netherlands in the 81st minute – this time Blind provided the assist.

Runners-up in 1974, 1978 and 2010, the Oranje extended their unbeaten streak to 19 games and will face next the winner of Saturday’s evening clash between Argentina and Australia.

Denzil Dumfries added a late goal
Denzil Dumfries added a late goal [Sorin Furcoi/Al Jazeera]
SOURCE: AL JAZEERA AND NEWS AGENCIES

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