The Netherlands got off the mark in their last 16 games of the World Cup in Qatar after edging out the United States of America with two goals at the Khalifa International Sports Stadium on Saturday.
Barcelona striker Memphis Depay, who has struggled for form this season, broke the deadlock in the tenth minute in the World Cup last-16 clash with goals from Danny Blind and Denzel Dumfries giving Louis van Gaal’s team the chance to advance in the competition.
United States Of America dominated the first half and provided regular pressure around the Netherlands penalty area, but were poor in front of goal. The Americans side squandered a glorious opportunity to take the lead on six minutes as Pulisic squared the ball to Andries Noppert save.
Timothy Weah attempted a shot from the edge of the box in the 29th minute and was dealt by Netherlands goalkeeper Andries Noppert to prevent the Americans from equalizing.
Louis van Gaal’s side are unbeaten after topping Group A, but they have flattered to deceive and have needed the magic of Cody Gakpo to reach this stage.
Antalyaspor forward Haji Wright got the consolation for the Americans in the 76th minute but Denzel Dumfries restored their two goal lead for the Dutch after assisting Memphis and Blind in the first half.
The Netherlands were playing in their first Round of 16 World Cup match since 2014, having failed to qualify for the tournament’s previous edition in Russia in 2018.