During Louis van Gaal‘s return, the Netherlands has again accumulated a great many times in the qualifying series for the World Cup. The matches against Norway — partly thanks to the constantly threatening Erling Braut Haaland — could go all directions, but ended in a 1-1 draw.
Van Gaal traded the 5-3-2 system of predecessor Frank de Boer for a 4-3-3, with Virgil van Dijk back in the back and one debutant at the first eleven: Justin Bijlow defended the goal. The Feyenoord goalkeeper had to take action after fifteen minutes, but prevented the Norwegians from getting ahead face to face with Haaland.
That turned out to be postponement of execution, as Haaland scored five minutes later. Oranje stepped late after a rejected attack, Haaland took the ball handsome and spooned it into the far corner: 1-0. The Netherlands was a short shot and escaped a second opponent, when Mohamed Elyounoussi did not hit the ball well before Bijlow.
In the last quarter of an hour before rest, the Netherlands got better into play, resulting in the equalizer. Steven Berghuis and Georginio Wijnaldum set a smooth attack over the right and Davy Klaassen finished: 1-1. In the second half, the line was initially continued: Van Dijk got a chance, but came across goalkeeper André Hansen. On the other hand, Haaland became dangerous once again after a quick counter, but his shot ended against the pole.
Both teams still tried it in the final phase, but the final draw proved unequipable. Invader Denzel Dumfries couldn’t change that, even though he still got a dot of an opportunity in the extra time. In the meantime, Turkey played 2-2 against Montenegro in the injury time, the relationship in the group has not changed. The Turks are running Group G with eight points out of four games, the Netherlands and Norway both have seven, just like Montenegro. Orange is still playing Montenegro on Saturday and Turkey on Tuesday.