The Netherlands will bring their Group A to a close on Tuesday at the Khalifa International Stadium, as the Dutch take on host nation Qatar. It will be a bittersweet moment for the hosts, as they will be playing their final game at the World Cup, as their elimination has already been confirmed.
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The Netherlands will play their final game in Group A on Tuesday, as they look to wrap up top spot. It hasn’t been a perfect group stage campaign by any means for Louis van Gaal’s side, and they could yet finish second in the standings depending on the results in the final round of fixtures. The Dutch were strong winners in their opening fixture against Senegal, but they found little in response when tested against Ecuador in their previous fixture.
They took the lead early in that fixture after just six minutes, as Cody Gakpo once again looked like the biggest threat. The forward scored his second goal in two games, and many expected the Dutch to race away with the win. However, they were pegged back early in the second half, and eventually needed to settle for a point.
Qatar will exit their own World Cup at the group stage this year, as they have failed to pick up a single point from their opening two fixtures. They have already allowed five goals, but they did enjoy a bright moment in their 3-1 loss against Senegal, as Qatar scored their first ever World Cup goal.
The hosts will be looking to avoid a number of unwanted records in this final fixture. That includes the fact that no host nation has ever lost all three games at the World Cup. However, it appears to be a tall order to see them getting anything from this fixture against a talented Dutch side.
Netherlands vs Qatar Head to Head
This will be a first ever meeting between the Netherlands and Qatar. However, the Dutch have won all four previous World Cup fixtures that they have played against nations from Asia. In the process, they have scored eleven, and have conceded just once.
Netherlands vs Qatar Prediction
This should be one of the easiest games to predict at the World Cup so far. Qatar has already come up short against Senegal and Ecuador, and the performances in those two matches mean that we could see the Dutch comfortably winning this fixture by at least three goals.
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