FIFA World Cup 2022 round of 16: Netherlands vs USA match preview

The Netherlands will play the USA in the opening match of the World Cup’s knockout round on Saturday at the Khalifa International Stadium, as the European team looks to establish themselves as a serious contender in Qatar.

There has been a lot of discussion on the team’s chances to win the competition, particularly from the Dutch camp.

The team led Group A with seven points after victories of 2-0 over Senegal and Qatar and a 1-1 draw with Ecuador, finishing first.

The team led Group A with seven points after victories of 2-0 over Senegal and Qatar and a 1-1 draw with Ecuador, finishing first.

Even though they are unbeaten, the Netherlands’ three games have been far from outstanding.

A number of important players have yet to reach their full potential, and the team is highly dependent on goals from the hot-shot Cody Gakpo.

That will give the Americans hope because they will be the underdogs but have already demonstrated some of their potential by going undefeated in Group B, where they managed to draw 0-0 and 1-1 with England and Wales, respectively, and earn a tenacious 1-0 victory over Iran to guarantee their advancement.

To face the Netherlands, the USA will be hopeful that captain Christian Pulisic will be healthy [Showkat Shafi/Al Jazeera]

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