The Netherlands qualified for the quarter-finals of the World Cup in Qatar and silenced their critics with a convincing 3-1 victory over a spirited USA side.
First-half goals from Memphis Depay and Daley Blind took the Dutch into halftime with a two-goal cushion that they maintained until Haji Wright pulled one back for the USA in the 76th minute.
The Americans threatened to draw level in the closing stages but it was the Netherlands who had the final say when Daley Blind's chipped cross was put away by an unmarked Denzel Dumfries at the back post.
The Dutch move on to the quarter-finals, where they will face the winner of tonight's clash between Argentina and Australia.
American football fans were left heartbroken after their defeat to the Netherlands but for many reaching the knockout stages exceeded their modest expectations. The young team's performances in the tournament have encouraged the country's growing football fan base. Fans in the US capital braved the rain from early in the morning for a spot in the city's crowded bars to watch their country play against the Netherlands.The match began at 10am on the US east coast but many watch sites in Washington DC were filled to the rafters by 8am.
Washington's Astro Beer Hall opened at 6 am, with fans wearing stars and stripes bandannas, and one even sporting a spangled banner jumpsuit. British pub the Queen Vic and Across the Pond bar were also at capacity from early morning. Dejected fans at Franklin's beer hall slowly left the bar as it became clear the US could not surmount the two-goal lead.
Meanwhile, in New York, Dutch fans crowded into Hurley's Saloon near Times Square dressed in orange to celebrate.
Published By Claude B Djaquis
On 03/12/2022 / ivorycoasttribune.com