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The Netherlands saw off Qatar and apologized to reach the round of 16 of the World Cup


Cody Gakpo scored again as the Netherlands qualified for the round of 16 of the World Cup as group winners with a 2-0 direct win over hosts Qatar on Tuesday. The Netherlands, needing just one point to be certain of progress, put a foot in the next round in the first half-hour as Gakpo scored in the group’s third consecutive game. Frenkie de Jong one more goal in the 49th minute as the Dutch overcame the calm atmosphere at Al Bayt Stadium. Qatar, having been eliminated before the match even started, suffered the humiliation of becoming the first home team in World Cup history to finish the group stage without a point.

Louis van Gaal’s Dutch side finished with seven points at the top of Group A, while Senegal joined them in the knockout stages as runners-up after beating Ecuador 2-1.

Oranje will next meet the runner-up of Group B for a place in the quarterfinals at Khalifa International Stadium on Saturday.

England currently top that section and face Wales later on Tuesday, while the United States takes on Iran. All four teams are still in the process of searching for places to attend.

The Dutch got off to a solid start as they looked to leave their disappointment at not being able to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Qatar left their long-awaited home World Cup with a whimper, securing their place in the record books as the worst home team ever on the field.

Van Gaal was able to give Memphis Depay His first game of the tournament started as the Barcelona star continued to return to full fitness from a hamstring injury.

It didn’t take long for the Dutch to break through the Qatar defence, though Blind Daley could only make a fourth-minute effort straight at goalkeeper Meshaal Barsham.

The opening goal came in the 26th minute Davy Klaassen played in Gakpo after a neat move that also included Depay.

The PSV Eindhoven winger stepped forward and hit a low shot into the bottom corner from the edge of the box to score the third goal of the tournament.

The three-time World Cup runner-up team took advantage of Qatar’s weak defense to double the lead just four minutes after the break.

Depay was rejected by Barsham from close range but De Jong reacted a bit faster Pedro Miguel concedes the opponent’s net from a distance of nearly one meter.

Replace Steven Berghuis thought he scored a third midway through the second half, just because his goal was ruled out after VAR checked that Gakpo had let the ball touch his hand in a set-up.

The rest of the home side’s fans got a little excited late in the game when Mohammed Muntari put the ball in the net, but the whistle sounded long after Virgil van Dijk’s foul.

The Netherlands nearly caused Qatar more misery in injury time when Berghuis’ excellent save from the crossbar.

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and was automatically generated from the aggregate feed.)

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