Despite the absence of Memphis Depay, Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands are still favorites to win the Qatar World Cup. The Dutch won their first group match against Senegal 2-0, with Cody Gakpo scoring the goals in the first half and Davy Klaassen grabbing the winner in the last five minutes of play.
The Dutch have a wealth of talent including Robin van Persie, Wout Weghorst and Luuk de Jong. They are also able to score goals through the midfield, with Matthijs de Ligt, Frenkie de Jong and Virgil van Dijk.
The Netherlands have won their last four matches, including a 2-1 victory against Uruguay in their last match of the CONCACAF Gold Cup. The Netherlands have also won three of their last four European qualifiers, with a 3-2 victory over Russia, a 2-1 win over the Czech Republic and a 2-1 win over Switzerland.
The Netherlands were drawn in Group A, which features Ecuador, host nation Qatar, and Senegal. The winners of Group A will face the runners-up of Group B in the final group match. The Netherlands are favored to win Group A by a significant margin.
The final draw for the Qatar 2022 World Cup was based on rankings from March of 2022. The Netherlands have a roster containing every player on the roster. The Dutch are a promising team that includes young players such as Xavi Simons, who will make his tournament debut.
The Dutch squad is stacked with players who can score goals, with Robin van Persie leading the way with 50 goals. They also have defensive players like Frenkie de Jong and Virgil Van Dijk. The Netherlands have a wealth of talented young players such as Marco van Basten and Wout Weghorst.
The Netherlands have drawn the last three World Cup qualifiers, with the 2-1 loss to Japan on Wednesday being their lone defeat. They haven’t lost a match since June of 2021, and are expected to finish in the top three of their group. The Netherlands qualified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup through UEFA Group G, which included Montenegro, Turkiye, Bulgaria and Russia. The Netherlands finished third in the 2014 World Cup, and have made a significant improvement since then.
The Netherlands are expected to advance to the quarterfinals of the tournament, which would mark their first trip to the last eight. However, a loss against Ecuador in their next match would put the team in a tough spot. They will have to beat Ecuador on November 29 and then win a second game to advance to the second round.
The Netherlands beat Senegal 2-0, but the game wasn’t of the quality that fans would have liked. In the first half, the two teams were competitive and fluid, but in the second half, there was only a stalemate. The Netherlands had the better chances of the first half and looked like they were the most likely team to score before the break.
The Netherlands will face Ecuador on Friday. The Netherlands are favored to win their group, but will have to beat Ecuador to make it to the quarterfinals.