World Cup: Netherlands & Argentina Win

December 3, 2022 | 0 Comments

[Written by Stephen Wright]

Netherlands 3

[Depay 10, Blind 45+1, Dumfries 81]

United States 1

[Wright 76]

The Netherlands reached the quarter-finals of the World Cup after a ruthless display of finishing against the United States in Doha today.

Memphis Depay gave the Netherlands an early lead, turning in Denzel Dumfries’s cross after Christian Pulisic missed a good chance for the United States.

The Netherlands doubled their advantage when Daley Blind finished from another Dumfries pullback just before half-time.

A deflected shot from United States’ Haji Wright looped in at the far post to set up a nervous finale for the Dutch; however, Dumfries restored their two-goal advantage with a neat finish from Blind’s cross.

Argentina 2

[Messi 35, Alvarez 57]

Australia 1

[Fernandez 77 og]

Lionel Messi scored on his 1,000th career game to help Argentina reach the last eight after beating Australia.

The 35-year-old slid home a superb left-footed effort in the first half before Julian Alvarez capitalised on a mistake by Australia goalkeeper Mat Ryan after the break.

Australia pulled a goal back when Craig Goodwin’s strike took a wicked deflection off Enzo Fernandez.

Argentina will meet the Netherlands in the quarter-finals on Friday.

Tomorrow’s games

Round of 16

France v Poland, 11 am

England v Senegal, 3 pm

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