Monday, Jan 30 2023 | Time 12:51 Hrs(IST)
image
Sports


FIFA WC: Netherlands beat Qatar to seal spot in last-16

FIFA WC: Netherlands beat Qatar to seal spot in last-16

Al Khor (Qatar), Nov 30 (UNI) The Netherlands have topped Group A at the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 as Louis van Gaal’s side brushed aside the hosts Qatar 2-0 here at Bayt Stadium.
With a win on Tuesday, The Oranje had already secured their place in the knockout phase with a game to spare.
Becoming the first Dutchman to score in all three group games, it was Cody Gakpo, who put Van Gaal’s side ahead in the 26th minute. Frenkie de Jong then made it 2-0 just four minutes into the second half.
Steven Berghuis had a goal ruled out and there were lots of other chances to extend their lead, but two goals were enough for the Dutch to progress as pool winners.
Qatar became the first host side ever to lose all three group matches in the World Cup history.
Davy Klaassen, who was named Player of the Match against Qatar, told FIFA: "Our first goal was to get out of the group at all costs. Now we’re fully focused on the next round. Right now I’m happy and we’re enjoying this moment."
Cody Gakpo, who wrote his name into the record books by scoring a goal in each of the three group games, described the game and the ambitions of the Dutch side as follows: "I heard that stat and I’m happy about it, but the most important thing is that we won the game tonight. That’s what matters most to me
"I’m happy but I’m not thinking about that now. We want to win the World Cup, we’re united, and I’ll try and help the team in any way I can.”
"We knew that we needed to win today to top the group,” remarked Nathan Ake. “We need to keep that mentality for the games ahead because it’s knockout from now on; we can’t afford any slip-ups."
Captain Virgil van Dijk also wanted to stress his main focus: "I’m just thinking about Holland, no-one else. I like that jersey, for example (he said to a journalist wearing a Dutch shirt). I’m happy. We’re into the knockout stages and that’s the most important thing for me."
UNI BAV

More News

Senior stars & former cricketers react to India's title win

30 Jan 2023 | 12:02 PM

Kolkata, Jan 30 (UNI) Several current and former Indian players were elated at India's title triumph in the inaugural U19 Women's T20 World Cup in South Africa.

see more..

Mamata congratulates India’s Under 19 Women’s Cricket Team

30 Jan 2023 | 11:41 AM

Kolkata, Jan 30 (UNI) West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday congratulated India’s Under 19 Women’s Cricket Team for a stellar victory in the inaugural Under 19 Women’s T20 World Cup.

see more..

Emotional Shafali Verma eyes off historic South Africa double

30 Jan 2023 | 11:32 AM

Potchefstroom (SA), Jan 30 (UNI) Victorious ICC Under-19 Women’s T20 World Cup-winning captain Shafali Verma has wasted no time in turning her attention to leading India to more success at next month's ICC Women's T20 World Cup.

see more..
Sports For All to invest Rs 12 5 crores to promote Khelo India mission

Sports For All to invest Rs 12 5 crores to promote Khelo India mission

30 Jan 2023 | 11:11 AM

New Delhi, Jan 30 (UNI) Sports For All (SFA) will bolster Khelo India Youth Games (KIYG) mission by strengthening sports culture at the grass-root level as it joins the sporting revolution as a powered by sponsor for the next five years.

see more..
Muscle injury to sideline Barca's Dembele for around a month

Muscle injury to sideline Barca's Dembele for around a month

30 Jan 2023 | 9:14 AM

Madrid, Jan. 30 (UNI) Tests carried out on FC Barcelona's Ousmane Dembele on Sunday confirmed that he will be out of action for three to five weeks.

see more..
image