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Netherlands seal quarter-final spot with a dazzling performance

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Louis van Gaal’s men gave their American opponents a lesson in the art of clinical counter-attacks in a 3-1 victory at Khalifa International Stadium.

The Orange Army are on the march and Louis van Gaal is dreaming about the perfect retirement gift.

His Netherlands side are the first to book their place in the World Cup quarter-finals, after a hard-fought 3-1 win over the USA in Doha.

Goals from Memphis Depay, Daley Blind and the brilliant Denzel Dumfries did the damage for the Dutch, with substitute Haji Wright’s strike little consolation for the Americans, who paid the price for a sluggish first-half showing.

Not that Van Gaal and his side will care about that, of course. Finalists in 2010 and semi-finalists in 2014, the Oranje will fancy their chances of another deep run here.

They await the winners of Saturday night’s Argentina versus Australia clash, and with Memphis and Dumfries in this kind of form, and having conceded only two goals in four games at the tournament so far, they will take some beating.


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