After the Netherlands coasted into the last 16 as Group A winners, Louis van Gaal was in classic defiant form, going toe-to-toe with those claiming that watching his team is akin to “grinding teeth”.
The victory featured a Cody Gakpo strike which made him the tournament’s joint-top goalscorer with three, alongside Kylian Mbappé and Enner Valencia,plus one for Frenkie de Jong, who endured sleepless nights in the buildup. So while Qatar bow out of their World Cup with a single goal and zero points, the Netherlands can begin to dream a little.
Written by Jamie Jackson at Al Bayt Stadium
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/football/2022/nov/29/netherlands-qatar-world-cup-group-a-match-report under the title “Netherlands breeze into last 16 but Van Gaal bristles at ‘boring’ label”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.