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World CupNetherlands 3-2 Wales

Netherlands 3-2 Wales

What. A. Game! It’s a heartbreaking case of deja vu for Wales, who just like in the first game looked to have secured a point late on, only for the Netherlands to go straight up the other end and score the winner.

What a finish to the game, and after a second half that had been much quieter than the first, the late drama provided one hell of an ending.

After two high-quality games of dramatic proportions, a mini-rivalry between these two has surely been born in recent weeks.

Starting lineup:

NETHERLANDS (3-4-3): Jasper Cillessen; Jordan Teze, Matthijs De Ligt, Bruno Martins Indi; Hans Hateboer, Teun Koopmeiners, Frenkie De Jong, Tyrell Malacia; Vincent Janssen, Cody Gakpo, Noa Lang.

WALES (4-4-2): Wayne Hennessey; Wes Burns, Chris Mepham, Joe Rodon, Ben Davies; Harry Wilson, Matthew Smith, Ethan Ampadu, Sorba Thomas; Brennan Johnson, Daniel James.

Goals:

GOOOOAAAALLLL!!! What a strike!!! Wales is caught in possession down the left and Janssen feeds Lang. He twists away from both Mepham and Rodon, before setting himself to shoot and firing a low effort beyond Hennessey and into the corner of the net! 1-0 to the Dutch, and what a way to score the opener!

GOOOAAALLLL!!! There’s the second!!! It’s Gakpo who gets it, and what a goal it was!!! After latching onto a forward header, Gakpo evades Thomas and drives into the box. He takes on Rodon before shooting, but the ball ricochets off Mepham back into his path, and the PSV striker kept his composure to slot the ball into the bottom corner! What a finish from the young striker, and the Dutch are 2-0 up!

GOOOOAAALLLL!!! Wales hit straight back!!! Teze loses out to Wilson in midfield and he finds Johnson on the run. He hits a low shot across goal, which beats Cillessen and rolls into the far corner, striking the post on its way in! 2-1, and game on!

GOOOAAAALLLL!!! He’s done it!!! Bale, of course, steps up to take the penalty, and dispatches the kick with aplomb, slotting it right into the bottom right corner, beyond the reach of Cillessen, and it’s 2-2! Wales’ Mr Dependable strikes again!

GOOOOOAAAAAAALLLLL!!!! The Netherlands have won it!!!! A wide ball is headed on by Dumfries, and Davies can only head it on further to Depay, who sneaks in at the front post to squeeze it beyond Hennessey!!! What drama here, and what heartbreak for Wales, but what a game!

So, what’s next?

That late heartbreak for Wales sees them remain rock-bottom of Group A4, still with just one point and unable to qualify for the Nations League finals.

Holland, on the other hand, has almost secured their passage to the next stage, sitting three points and two goals clear of Benelux rivals Belgium with just two games left.

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Abdul Aziz Shaikh
Abdul Aziz Shaikhhttps://goalmaestro.com/
I am a football reporter who loves to write about the latest news and events in the sports world.

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