Placed in Group A, the Netherlands comfortably secured the first spot with seven points from three games.
The Netherlands will take on the United States in the first knockout match of the FIFA World Cup 2022 on Saturday. The Dutch nation are the clear favourites in the round-of-16 battle against an inconsistent American side. Under the management of Louis van Gaal, the Netherlands have been impressive in living up to the expectations till now. The same cannot be said for the USA who had to wait until the final group match to register their first victory in the tournament.
|Netherlands vs USA||Key details|
|Venue||Khalifa International Stadium|
|Kickoff time in India||8:30 pm|
|Kickoff time in Netherlands||4 pm|
|Kickoff time in USA||10 am|
|Kickoff time in Qatar||6 pm|
Van Gaal’s side did what was expected of them. Placed in Group A, they never looked in trouble, as the Netherlands comfortably secured the first spot with seven points from three games. In the group phase, Cody Gakpo-inspired Dutch side defeated Senegal and Qatar by 2-0 margins but had to settle for a draw against Ecuador. On the other hand, the United States had a poor start to the World Cup after failing to win any of their opening two matches. However, they did well to end their five-match winless run in all competitions when they defeated Iran 1-0 in their last game. Overall, the USA finished second in Group B to England and managed five points from three games.
Both countries are unbeaten so far in this World Cup, and one has to give way on Saturday. However, they both have made it difficult to break up, placing a lot of emphasis on the defensive side of their game, a trend that can be expected to continue on Saturday. However, the Netherlands will be concerned over the fitness of right-back Jeremie Frimpong. Either way, they have first-choice full-back Denzel Dumfries fit and available for this match. On the other hand, United States’ Christian Pulisic suffered an injury while scoring the winner in his last match. It is unclear if he will be available for selection. Besides, the USA also have question marks over the participation of Josh Sargent and Weston McKennie.
Netherlands possible line-up: Noppert, De Ligt, Van Dijk, Ake, Dumfries, De Roon, F. De Jong, Blind, Gakpo, Klaassen, Depay
USA possible line-up: Turner, Dest, Carter-Vickers, Ream, Robinson, McKennie, Adams, Musah, Weah, Pulisic, Sargent
|Netherlands lose to USA||3-4|
|Netherlands beat USA||2-1|
|Netherlands beat USA||1-0|
|USA lose to Netherlands||0-2|
|USA lose to Netherlands||0-2|
The FIFA World Cup match between Netherlands and USA will take place at Khalifa International Stadium on Saturday at 8:30 pm IST.
The FIFA World Cup in Qatar can be seen on Sports18 – 1 SD & HD – in India. Sports 18 will be telecasting the games on the regular and HD Channels. Besides, Viacom18 Sports announced that JioCinema will live-stream all the World Cup games. Moreover, the match between Netherlands and USA can be seen on NPO 1, NPO Start in the Netherlands; and Peacock, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo, UFORIA App, Futbol de Primera Radio, SiriusXM FC, Sling, Foxsports.com, FOX Network, FOX Sports App, Telemundo in the United States.