Denzel Dumfries had a standout performance as the Netherlands defeated the USA 3-1 in their last-16 match to get to the World Cup quarterfinals.
The Netherlands took the lead in the first half thanks to goals from Memphis Depay (10) and Daley Blind (45+1), both of which were swept home similarly from Dumfries crosses. However, the USA forced both the Inter Milan defender and Cody Gakpo to clear off the line before Haji Wright produced a “impossible” goal in the 76th minute to set up a thrilling finish.
Standout performer Dumfries ended their hopes of a dramatic turnaround, though, volleying in Blind’s cross in the 83rd minute to secure the victory.
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USA had been boosted by Christian Pulisic being passed fit to play but the Chelsea forward wasted a glorious opening just three minutes in, shooting at Andries Noppert when clean through.
As for the Netherlands into the last eight for the fifth time in their last six World Cups – they will now turn their attentions to facing Argentina at the Lusail Iconic Stadium at 7pm on Friday December 9.