The Netherlands crushes Belgium and meets the quarterfinals / Nations League / J6 / Netherlands-Belgium (1-0) / September 25, 2022 /

Netherlands 1-0 Belgium

Goal: Van Dijk (73me)

A final is not played…

At the end of a long close clash, the Netherlands relied on Virgil van Dijk’s header from a corner to bring down the Red Devils once again and at the same time validate their ticket to the quarterfinals of this Nations League. It was necessary to wait until the beginning of the last quarter of an hour to see this party choose its side, after a long confrontation between the two neighbors. In a corner, Klaassen first blocked Courtois’ exit and Van Dijk took the opportunity to overturn the Johan Cruyff Arena (1-0, 73me). Before, the Belgians -guided by Thierry Henry, after the sanction of Roberto Martínez- had not found a solution to their evening equation: how to score three goals in Orange, necessary condition to steal the head of the group? Not even the beginning of an answer, despite some transitions in the course of the first act. But Danger (4me), Batshuayi (14me) or even Castagne (34me) did not make them bear fruit.

Insufficient to see the visitors throw themselves into the clash after the return of the locker room, despite having more control in the game. On a cake of a Kevin De Bruyne in general less inspired than against the Welsh, the omnipresent Onana made Pasveer shine (66 ‘).me). Not enough for the Ajax veteran to give up, all too happy to see his captain deliver a hit for Van Gaal’s final home game moments later. Bergwijn (76)me90me) and Klaasen (88me) certainly missed the opportunity to double, but the Orange It doesn’t matter, saved by his crossbar in a sensational return by Lukebakio in the last action (90me+5). Four years after their defeat in the final against Portugal, the Netherlands will have another chance to win the trophy.

And this time it will be at home.

Netherlands (3-4-1-2): Pasveer – Wood (De Vrij, 66me), Van Dijk, Ake (Malatia, 46me) – Dumfries, Berghuis (Gakpo, 31me), De Roon, Blind – Klaassen (Gravenberch, 90me+2) – Janssen (Taylor, 46me), Bergwijn. Coach: Louis van Gaal.

Belgium (3-4-2-1): Courtois-Debast, Vertonghen, Alderweireld-Meunier (Carrasco, 46me), Onana (Tielemans, 75me), Witsel, Castagne (Lukebakio, 82me) – De Bruyne, E. Hazard (Trossard, 64me) – Batshuayi (De Katelaere, 46me). Coach: Robert Martinez.

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