Easy winners of Montenegro (4-0), the Dutch remain in the race for qualification for the 2022 World Cup.
The Netherlands, seductors on Saturday in Eindhoven, kept up the race to qualify for the World Cup-2022 by dominating Montenegro 4-0, thanks in particular to a very good Memphis Depay , author of a double. This is a first success since the taking office this summer of the coach Louis van Gaal, of which it is the third term at the head of the national selection, three days after sharing in Norway.
This victory was imperative because Turkey, victorious Saturday in Gibraltar, still occupies the head of group G with eleven points in front of Norway (ten points after their success 0-2 in Latvia) and the Netherlands (also ten points). The duel between the Dutch and the Turks on Tuesday in Amsterdam will therefore be a real shock at the top in this extremely tight pool. The Oranje lined up without two major defensive pawns: Ajax left-back Daley Blind, suspended, and defense boss, Liverpool center-back Virgil van Dijk, left to rest. “Virgil is not yet able to play three games in a week,” Van Gaal said of a player who suffered a serious knee injury last season.
Opposite, the coach Miodrag Radulovic had to do without his captain, Stevan Jovetic, the scorer of Hertha Berlin. Dominating, the Dutch created a first chance in the 18th minute on a half volley from Memphis Depay. Depay still ran into goalkeeper Matija Sarkic at the half hour mark. Two minutes later, a header from Davy Klaassen found the frame of the Montenegrin goal. It took a penalty to see the Oranje block the score: Depay, in verve, was done justice in the 38th minute after being hooked by Dusan Lagator (1-0).
A logical advantage for a team which increased the number of shots on goal in the first half (14 including 5 on target). Depay, again, sheltered his family by signing a double in the 62nd with a strike with the flat foot. The BarÃ§a striker was still at the origin of the 3-0 signed by the Parisian Georginio Wijnaldum (70th). Young Cody Gakpo also took part in the celebration, scoring 4-0 (76th) in his second selection.
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