Netherlands have qualified for the World Cup after a 2-0 victory over Norway in De Kuip.

Louis van Gaal made three changes to the side that drew with Montenegro on Saturday with Jasper Cillessen, Matthijs de Ligt, and Steven Bergwijn coming into the line-up. Justin Bijlow and Stefan de Vrij are injured, while Donyell Malen dropped to the bench.

Van Gaal watched on from the stand as Netherlands controlled possession and patiently looked for the openings in the Norway defence. Memphis Depay got two close range chances but both efforts were weak and easy for the Norway goalkeeper. Arnaut Danjuma also went close but his strike flew just wide of the goal.

Norway made a double change at the break and they pushed forward more to put the Oranje defence under pressure. Kristian Thorstvedt got a chance from a tight angle but fired wide.

Netherlands came under pressure at times but they also had chances themselves with Memphis unable to finish from close range. In the 84th minute, Netherlands got the opening goal with Bergwijn hammering the ball into the top corner after a good move.

Norway pushed and in the 91st minute, Netherlands sealed the victory with Bergwijn going through on goal before setting up Memphis to slot in the second.

It was nervy at times but Netherlands have qualified for the World Cup and take their place in Qatar next year.




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