Netherlands manager Louis van Gaal will compete at the 2022 World Cup with an all-time record.
The Netherlands went 90 minutes unbeaten under the Iron Tulip, losing on penalties to Argentina at the 2014 World Cup. In fact, the last time Van Gaal tasted defeat in a meaningful match was in 2001 when the Republic of Ireland beat the Orange.
Over 20 years have passed. Since then, LVG has returned to coach Barcelona for a second time, winning titles with AZ Alkmaar and Bayern Munich before becoming manager of Manchester United, leading the Netherlands to the semi-finals of the World Cup in Brazil and deciding to lead his men once. again.. in Qatar.
In just 5 minutes and 4 seconds, Cody Gakpo opened the scoring by scoring the first goal in the history of the 2022 World Cup. The Dutch number 8, linked with a number of Premier League giants, latched onto Debbie Klassen’s cross after a tackle by Manchester City defender Nathan Ake.
In the scoring category, Gakpo became the first player to score in two games in the tournament. With Senegal beating Qatar 3-1 in their previous Group A match and each gun now scoring two goals in the competition, PSV’s stars have a real chance to improve on their tally against the Qatari side to prove their mettle in the final group stages. former Enner scored the third goal as Valencia took the lead and equalized against the Netherlands.
It was also a Dutch team without two starters in Matthijs de Ligt and Memphis Depay for two different reasons. Watford’s Ismaila Sarr teed up De Ligt in Holland’s game against Senegal before Gakpo crossed again.
The Bayern centre-back dropped youngster Jurrien Timber, another product of Ajax’s famed academy, while Barcelona frontman Memphis Depay was ruled fit for 45 minutes. Naturally, Memphis, the Orange’s top scorer behind former Arsenal and Manchester United striker Robin van Persie, made his second 45-man substitution at half-time.
Group A winners Holland and Ecuador will face Group B runners-up England and Wales in the last 16 of the World Cup.