Netherlands shivering to qualify directly for the World Cup

Without fans and coaches, the Dutch national team had to worry about direct tickets to Qatar until the final stage. In the meantime, opponents come out of Norway empty-handed due to bankruptcy in Rotterdam.

Late decision and big jubilation in traditional De Koep in Rotterdam: The Netherlands tremble with a 2-0 win over Norway to qualify directly for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Tottenham Hotspur’s Steven Bergwijn (84th minute) and Barcelona striker Memphis Depay (90 + 1) scored the two goals of the evening.

Sitting in a wheelchair, Van Gaal became more and more anxious from minute to minute

“Orange” had to dispense with his fans as well as his coach in the decisive match. While the Rotterdam stadium remained empty due to the partial lockdown in the Netherlands, Bonds coach Louis van Gaal had to watch 90 minutes from the box. The former Bayern coach broke a bone in his hip a few days ago when he fell off his bike.

In a wheelchair in the stands, Van Gaal watched the movement—from minute to minute his expressions became more anxious, calls to the bench intensified. Because: the 70-year-old couldn’t actively intervene.

Oranje’s performance wasn’t dazzling, the two goals didn’t calm down until late – not just for Van Gaal. The famous coach escaped a second stigma like in 2001 when he failed to qualify for the World Cup in his first three stints as a bond coach with stars such as Ruud van Nistelrooy, Patrick Kluivert or Edgar Davids.


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