Held in a draw in Montenegro, the Netherlands must postpone the certainty of qualifying for the World Cup

Held in a draw in Montenegro, the Netherlands must postpone the certainty of qualifying for the World Cup

The Netherlands lost a two-goal advantage to hosts Montenegro, which forced them to a 2-2 draw, in the Group G game of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers for the European zone at Podgorica City Stadium, Sunday (14/11) WIB early in the morning.

Suddenly, the Netherlands had to postpone the certainty of qualifying for the 2022 World Cup. Virgil van Dijk et al, who collected 20 points, are now only two points ahead of Turkey and Turkey. Norway.

In the last match, Tuesday (11/16), the Netherlands will host Norway and Turkey in Montenegro.

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Mathematically, the Netherlands only need a draw to secure an automatic ticket as they have a 13-goal margin ahead of Turkey.

The Netherlands took the lead in the 25th minute with a penalty from Memphis Depay after Davy Klaassen was knocked down by Marko Jankovic in the box.

The Netherlands doubled their lead nine minutes into the second half when Depay scored with a heel kick, meeting center Denzel Dumfries, who cheated goalkeeper Matija Sarkic.

Louis van Gaal’s team continued to control the game but did not add in the lead.

The Netherlands entered this game with nine of their 31 goals scored in the last 15 minutes of the game, but instead they conceded two goals in the last ten minutes.

Ilija Vukotic was the first to close the gap for the hosts in the 82nd minute after beating goalkeeper Justin Bijlow, after receiving a cross from Milutin Osmajic, tossing the ball into the unguarded net.

Four minutes later, Montenegro equalized thanks to Nikola Vujnovic, who won an aerial duel with Daley Blind to regain the lead over Risto Radunovic’s cross.

Both goals were shock therapy for the Dutch who immediately lost their focus while playing.

The Dutch actually had the opportunity to lock in the victory in the second minute of added time thanks to a free kick from Depay which passed the Montenegro fence, but Sarkic saved the ball and forced the score 2-2. to last until the whistle. (Ant / OL-1)


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