As a result of Cody Gakpo’s hat trick, the Netherlands cruised to a 2-0 victory over Qatar on Tuesday, finishing first in Group A and advancing to the World Cup quarterfinals. Gakpo scores twice as the Dutch upset Qatar to lead Group A. Qatar lost in Al Bayt Stadium. After spending billions on the World Cup, the Gulf state must focus on its position as host and figure out football’s future in the country.
Despite a lacklustre performance, the Dutch won their group with seven points. Senegal finished second in the group with six points after beating Ecuador 2-1. Gakpo made a difference for PSV Eindhoven, but he credits his teammates.
The home team had their chances, but the first half was largely uneventful, and the Dutch never had to break out of second gear. Just minutes after beginning, as latecomers filled the stands, the Qataris got a couple of corners and threatened on the edge of the Netherlands’ penalty area. But as soon as they bared their teeth, Gakpo scored a goal that hit them like a gut punch.
Gakpo scores twice as the Dutch upset Qatar to lead Group A
The Dutch scored again in the fourth minute of the second half when a cross from Klaassen found Depay. Whose shot was saved, but Frenkie de Jong was able to tuck the rebound into the net. Although the Dutch had a goal disallowed when Gakpo was called for handling the ball in the buildup.
Late on, replacement Steven Berghuis struck the post. They still cruised to victory against a Qatari side that lacked the talent to attempt a comeback. The final horn sounded, and the Dutch began a brief wait to see whether they would face England, Wales, Iran, or the United States in the round of 16. The celebration must go on without the host team, but the fans were glad to show their appreciation.