Netherlands 2-0 Norway
Buts : Bergwijn (84e) & Depay (90e+2)
The Netherlands were hot in the butt.
In the obligation to win to avoid knots in the brain, the Dutch have long stumbled against a Norwegian team deprived of its Golgoth Erling Haaland, but went to seek the three points in Rotterdam in the last moments. Despite the stakes, the two teams did not offer much in the first period, where the pace was far too low. Memphis Depay, the top scorer in these qualifiers (11 pawns), tried to bring danger, but his four attempts were stopped by Nyland. Opposite, Norway returned to the locker room with zero shots on the clock in 45 minutes.
While Turkey put additional pressure on Louis van Gaal’s men, in the forum for this meeting, the Orange showed the same face as in the first period: not really worried by the Norwegians, but too timid in front of goal, like Danjuma and Depay, very close to finally releasing the Dutch fifteen minutes from time. It was only a postponement, since Bergwijn came to ensure the qualification by shooting Nyland a few minutes later. (1-0, 84e). This meeting could not end without a goal of the Barcelona, who ensured the trip for Qatar by scoring against (2-0, 90e+2). With the success of Turkey in Montenegro, the Netherlands therefore finished two points ahead of the Turks and compost their ticket for the World Cup.
Haaland & Cie will now be able to unscrupulously boycott the World Cup in Qatar.
Netherlands (4-3-3): Cillessen – Dumfries, Van Dijk, De Ligt, Blind – Wijnaldum, De Jong, Klaassen (De Roon, 73e) – Bergwijn, Depay, Danjuma (Aké, 88e). Breeder: Louis van Gaal.
Norway (4-3-3): Nyland – Pedersen (Olsen, 87e), Strandberg, Hanche-Olsen, Meling – Ødegaard, Thorsby (Thorstvedt, 46e), Normann (Gregersen, 74e) – Elyounoussi, Sorloth, O. Solbakken (Hauge, 46e, King, 74e)). Breeder: Ståle Solbakken.