(EFE) – The Netherlands qualified for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar and will return to a World Cup after their absence in Russia and despite playing with fire against Norway, who was left out of the play-off and Erling Haaland will not play the most important event on the planet football.
With the team led by Louis Van Gaal, there are already twelve teams that will be in Qatar, including the organizer: Brazil, Germany, Belgium, Croatia, Denmark, Spain, France, England, Serbia and Switzerland. The Netherlands were the last to directly join the European group.
The rest of the last day of the European zone group qualification phase culminated with the names of the teams that will be in the play-offs. Portugal, Sweden, Italy, Scotland, Russia, Poland, North Macedonia, Austria and the Czech Republic were already qualified. Ukraine, Wales and Turkey were the last to join.
Of the three groups in play, the tightest was G. A trio of teams, they had options for everything. They could be leaders, second and play the repechage or end up eliminated. The Netherlands, Norway and Turkey were going to have a ninety-minute heart attack. And, two of them, the Netherlands and Norway, met in Amsterdam.
Without Haaland on the pitch due to injury in all three key games, the Scandinavian side was deflated. The Borussia Dortmund striker has already run out of the European Championship, which would have been his first big date, and now he will not be in the World Cup. Two fingers. A “top” player without a great tournament. It is not the first case in history. Several famous names never played a World Cup.
But Norway, had the pass in his hand. Until the 85th minute, he put the Netherlands on the ropes, who gave up the attack for most of the match because the draw was enough for him. A goal would have left him out, but it did not come.
On the contrary, on two of his few occasions, he managed to score. In the 85th minute, the Dutch crowd breathed easy on Steven Bergwijn’s goal. And, in added time, Memphis Depay made the second and equaled Harry Kane with eleven points in the top scorer table. With the right ones, Van Gaal’s team avoided a disappointment that would have been enormous, because the Netherlands cannot afford to fail in two World Cups in a row.
The other candidate, Turkey, had to win over Montenegro and wait for the defeat of the Netherlands. One of the two premises was met. He won 1-2 and, although the other part of the deal was not fulfilled, at least the play-off was secured. He did it after coming back a goal from Fatos Beqiraj after four minutes. Kerem Akturkoglu and Orkun Kokcu turned the score around and Turkey is two games away from getting a ticket to Qatar.