Memphis shines and returns to lead the Netherlands, closer to the World Cup

Memphis Depay returned to lead the selection of Netherlands, which this Monday easily beat a weak Gibraltar (6-0) in De Kuip and is a little closer to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. FC Barcelona he added a double of assists and goals that place him, with nine goals, as the top scorer of the solo qualifying phase ahead of Mitrovic (Serbia) and Zahavi (Israel). With 13 in 2021, Memphis surpassed Patrick Kluivert (12) as the Dutchman with the most goals in the same calendar year.

Missed penalty

Gini Wijnaldum, dropped in Latvia due to suspension, he returned to an eleven in which he also entered Noa lang by Gakpo, headline last Friday. They had not even passed 9 ‘of the game when Van Dijk took advantage of a service Memphis at the near post to head the ball into the back of the net and score his first goal with the ‘oranje’ since 2019. Eight minutes later, the Russian referee Vitali Meshkov noted after reviewing the play in the VAR a penalty for hands that Bradley Band, Gibraltarian goalkeeper, stopped him Memphis throwing himself to his right.

The azulgrana would compensate for his failure from the fatal point by scoring the second and third goals. Netherlands. He first took advantage of a pass from Klaassen to put the 2-0 to an empty goal and, at the end of the break, he took advantage of a new hand of Valarino inside the area to, this time yes, fool Band and add his ninth goal in eight games.

The trend did not change after the break and only 3 ‘after the restart Dumfries made the fourth to a pass from Lang. In 60 ‘Van Gaal decided to withdraw Frenkie De Jong and Berghuis to enter Weghorst and Danjuma, who had not played a game with the senior team since October 2018. The skilled winger of the Villarreal extended his winning streak with the Yellow Submarine by raising the fifth goal to the scoreboard before Malen closed, assisted by Depay, the ‘oranje’ win with a crossed right hand.

Norway overtakes Montenegro

Three points that serve to Netherlands keep leading Group B ahead of Norway, which this Monday surpassed Montenegro (2-0) and continues two points behind the tulips.






Netherlands: Bijlow; Dumfries, De Vrij, Van Dijk, Blind; F. De Jong (Weghorst, 60 ‘), Wijnaldum, Klaassen; Berghuis (Danjuma, 60 ‘), Lang (Malen, 78’) and Memphis

Gibraltar: Band; Bosio (Ronan, 46 ‘), Roy Chipolina; Wiseman, Joseph Luis Chipolina (Britto, 46 ​​’); Annesley, Olivero, Torrilla (Mouelhi, 88 ‘); Liam Walker (Badr Hassan, 80 ‘), Valarino and Styche (Casciaro, 62’)

Goals: 1-0, Van Dijk (9 ‘); 2-0, Memphis (21 ‘); 3-0, Memphis (45 ‘); 4-0, Dumfries (48 »); 5-0, Danjuma (75 ‘); 6-0, Malen (86 ‘)

Viewers: 33,000 in De Kuip

Referee: Vitali Meshkov (Russia). He admonished Torrilla (18 ‘)

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