The national team coach Louis van Gaal had taken a starting place for Nu Lang prior to the meeting. The young player from Club Brugge made his debut in the Dutch national team last week as a substitute and thus appeared in the orange base for the first time against Gibraltar. He replaced Cody Jakbo who suffered a concussion during the match against Latvia (win 0-1) due to a collision.
In midfield, Jorginho Wijnaldum returned from suspension. It was at the expense of Guus Til, who was unable to convince in Riga on Friday.
Virgil van Dijk celebrates his goal.
Lost and gave a penalty kick
From the start, it was clear that the Orange team was chasing a monster score. Just two minutes later, Van Gaal’s team created the first danger and within ten minutes the fans at De Kuip were allowed to express their joy for the first time. Virgil van Dijk hit the ball with a powerful header from a corner kick by Memphis Depay.
Not so long ago, Memphis had the perfect opportunity to double the score with a penalty, but the Gibraltar goalkeeper saved well. However, the Barcelona player did not take long to achieve his goal. After a nice action by Lange, Davy Klassen found a free Memphis who could take advantage of his close range: 2-0.
The score 3-0 also came in the name of the Barcelona striker. For the second time on Monday night, the ball went on point after another hand touch. This time the Memphis didn’t fail and the Gibraltar goalkeeper could only hear the flick of the skin. Together with Ronald Koeman, he has now used more (7) penalty kicks in the orange shirt.
Danjuma listens to return with a goal
After the break, the Orange team ran away from Gibraltar. With a good header, Denzel Dumfries quickly scored the fourth goal for the Netherlands in the second half. Once again, it was preceded by great work by Lange.
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Half an hour before the end came Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld, who immediately showed himself with some great work. The Villarreal player was called up by Van Gaal on Saturday after a three-year absence, after it became clear that Jacpo could no longer play this international period. Meanwhile, Gibraltar national team coach Lee Casillaro brought in 40-year-old (!).
Arnaut Danjuma Groeneveld was an excellent substitute against Gibraltar.
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With fifteen minutes remaining, Danjuma made his return to the Dutch national team with a goal. On a pass from other substitute Wout Weghorst, he signed 5-0. Substitute Doniel Malin also scored his goal. Shortly before the time he signed the final score: 6-0.
With two matches remaining, Orange leads Group G with 19 points, Norway is two points less than the Dutch team, and Turkey is third with thirteen points.
Norway with a slight difference from Montenegro
Norway continues to follow in the footsteps of the Netherlands in the battle to qualify for the World Cup in Qatar. The country struggled to beat Montenegro 2-0 in Oslo. Thus, the difference with the orange is still two points, with two games remaining. The Norwegians are still playing away against the Netherlands on the programme.
Muhammad Al-Yunusi gave Norway the lead after about half an hour. The Southampton player headed in after Stefan Strandberg headed the ball in front of the goal. A few minutes ago there was already a chance for Mats Müller-Delle, but he saw goalkeeper Mateja Sarkic save well.
In the second part, Montenegro became stronger. After about an hour Adam Marusic had a good chance to equalize, but he let the ball jump off his foot in front of goalkeeper Organ Nieland. In extra time, Al-Wonousi returned to the score 2-0. Then, the opponent had one less player on the field, after the red card of Marco Vezovic a few minutes earlier.
The team’s top scorer, Erling Haaland, was absent due to the Norwegians’ injury.
Turkey is still far from Latvia in extra time
Turkey is still in the struggle for direct qualification to the World Cup. The country won the Latvia Orange group, with a distant goal in overtime: 1-2.
Therefore, the Turks are still four points behind the Netherlands and two points behind Norway.
Latvia took the lead in the 70th minute. Merih Demiral was responsible for this with a special goal. Serdar Dursun equalized a few minutes later, and Cengiz Under was good at preparing. In the ninth minute of stoppage time, Burak Yilmaz scored a 1-2 penalty kick.
Orkun Kökçü from Feyenoord has been a key player in Turkey. The midfielder was replaced over an hour later.