Steven Bergwijn and Memphis Depay break Norway’s heart and send Netherlands to Qatar with late strikes


In a game with so much to do, neither the Netherlands nor Norway put on a show as they played a cautious 2-0 encounter in Rotterdam which saw the Norwegians eliminated from the World Cup campaign .

Both sides were cautious from the start; The Netherlands were content to kick the ball side to side and back around their defensive third, while the Scandinavians were happy to sit in a tight defensive unit and contain their hosts who struggled to break them.

Louis van Gaal, sitting in the stands after a bicycle accident put him in a wheelchair, could only watch his team play lethargically, but they were lucky their visitors lacked any real ability to handle it. attack as the Oranje slipped into the main draw through the skin of their teeth.

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Netherlands head coach Louis van Gaal in a wheelchair ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying match between Netherlands and Norway at De Kuip on November 16, 2021 in Rotterdam, Netherlands Low

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In the second half Christian Thorstvedt and Jens Petter Hauge were introduced in what appear to be offensive changes made by Stale Solbakken, but the Norwegians remained compact in defense and lacked that quality in the final third as they sorely missed their talismanic striker Erling Haaland up there.

Memphis Depay and Steven Bergwijn were the brightest sparks of a disastrous football game; with the two testing Orjan Nyland in the visiting goal, but the Bournemouth goalkeeper was not properly tested as the Norwegians held on.

Arnaut Danjuma was also sharp on the left for the Oranje, taking on Marcus Pedersen regularly and coming close to a raucous shot during the inside cut, but his production was limited as the hosts lacked a real bite at the top.

Joshua King only had 15 minutes in the dying embers of the game to try and steal a goal for his team who allegedly saw them come close to a goal from their Turkish counterparts, but it wasn’t like the Dutch used their experience to get started in the game, and more important for them, the qualification.

Tottenham’s Bergwijn would have the last word for the Dutch: he crushed Danjuma’s pass with too much space and time in 84 minutes to seal the Dutch deal, confirming their first place in Group G.

Memphis Depay doubled the cushion with almost the last kick of the game as the hosts responded after a visiting corner, and with the defensive half largely unattended, Bergwijn would become the Barcelona forward’s supplier at home.

Netherlands striker Steven Bergwijn (C) celebrates with his teammates after scoring his team’s first goal during the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022, Group G qualifying round soccer match between the Countries -Bas and Norway at Feijenoord stadium in Rotterdam on No

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In a game that promised so much with the quality of the player presented, viewing was sometimes difficult.

The cautious approach from both sides meant that the football presented was disastrous, and the Norwegians’ lack of quality without their star striker made their task even more difficult.

ROTTERDAM – (ld) Steven Bergwijn of Holland, Mathias Antonsen Normann of Norway during the World Cup qualifying match between Netherlands and Norway at Stadion de Kuip on November 16, 2021 in Rotterdam, Netherlands. KOEN VAN WEEL (Photo by ANP Sport vi

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It will be a difficult lesson for Solbakken as they will miss the World Cup next year, and the ex-Wolves manager must be more courageous and less dependent on Haaland in the next campaign.

The Dutch, however, were lucky their opposition was so poor. If they had played like this in a game against Italy or Portugal, they probably would have lost. A lot of improvement is needed, on both sides.


Holland: Cillessen 6, Dumfries 6, de Ligt 6, van Dijk 6, Blind 6, Wijnaldum 6, de Jong 7, Klaassen 6, Bergwijn 7, Depay 7, Danjuma 7, de Roon 6, Ake 6.

Norway: Nyland 6, Pedersen 6, Strandberg 6, Hanche-Olsen 7, Meling 6, Odegaard 6, Thorsby 6, Normann 6, Elyounoussi 5, Sorloth 6, Solbakken 5, Thorstvedt 6, Hauge 5, King 6, Gregersen 6, Olsen 6.


Best of a bad bunch.

The Spurs winger was sharp; he had Birger Meling on toast throughout, producing nice touches and movies that bordered on showboating.

He continued to be one of his team’s best players in the second half, with direct dribbling and delicate ball movements, and it was the latter that would lead to his score in the opener that would have the van side. Gaal with a firmly planted foot. in the World Cup proper.


27 ‘: Nice innovation from the Dutch since de Jong controls the game at the edge of the box … he cuts it to Bergwijn who crosses … Depay answers it! Nyland is holding on.

55 ‘: Normann’s long throw … it’s reversed for Thorstvedt! It is rocked it way above, but that’s half a chance, at least.

84: GOAL !!!! Bergwijn finally wins !! He crashed at home and sends the Netherlands to the World Cup! He was all alone, slipped by Danjuma who showed great conscience, and he crushed him at home for 1-0.

90 ‘: GOAL !!! Far by van Dijk … there is no one back … Bergwijn .., Depay !! He doubled down. It’s 2-0.


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