Netherlands close to final four, Belgium has small chance
While the Belgians were dominant in Wales, the Dutch were victorious in Poland (2-0). (2-1).
The Netherlands took a significant step toward joining the “Final 4” of the League of Nations after their victory Friday evening in Poland (2-0). However, Belgium can prevent the Netherlands from joining the “Final 4” because the Red Devils have established themselves against Wales in Brussels at the same time (2-1). On Sunday, the Oranje, who are in first place in the pool with 13 points, will play at home to the Red Devils, who are in second place with 10 points. The Belgians will have a lot of work ahead of them, as they will need a four-goal victory against their rivals to advance to the “Final 4” stage.
Even if Roberto Martinez’s men were full of confidence on Thursday by dominating the Welsh, who were frequently overwhelmed by the speed of the Belgian midfielder in which Eden Hazard was established, which is something that very rarely happens to him at Real Madrid, the task is akin to accomplishing an impossible mission. First and foremost, it was Kevin De Bruyne who distinguished himself by scoring the initial goal with a flat foot in the eleventh minute and by being the vital passer in the 38th minute during Mitchy Batshuayi’s 2-0 signing. At the beginning of the second period, the Belgians appeared less inspired than usual, and they were taken aback when Kieffer Moore scored a headed goal (50th). Not enough, though, to prevent them from achieving success, which means that they still have a remote chance of coming in the first place within the bunch.
Depay comes out injured
Remko Pasveer, a veteran of Ajax who is 38 years old, made his debut for the Dutch national team for the first time under Louis van Gaal, who appears to want to make Pasveer his number one goalie instead of Jasper Cilessen. Before leaving for their trip to Warsaw, the Dutch head coach had stated that he will line up the eleven players who should begin the World Cup for their country in Qatar. In front of Pasveer, Van Gaal put up a five-man defense that was articulated around the Aké-Van Dijk-Timber axis. Steven Bergwijn, Memphis Depay, and Cody Gakpo constituted the offensive trident.
The winning formula is given that the latter began the score at the quarter of an hour mark after being served by Depay. The Netherlands were subsequently forced to endure the game against competitors who had several scoring opportunities but ultimately surrendered for a second time after a goal scored by Steven Bergwijn at the hour mark. The evening could have been ideal for the Oranje, who is now in a good position to reach the “Final 4” if Memphis Depay (thigh) and Teun Koopmeiners (knee) had not been forced to leave the field owing to injuries. Both players had to leave the field because of their injuries.