The Dutch, to confirm their classification for the round of 16 as group leaders.Netherlands plays to certify first place in Group A against Qatar. It only be complicated in case of defeat, then it would depend of happened in Ecuador-Senegal and could be left out. If logic prevails, Netherlands, that depends itself, would have to get a victory to finish first and will not play against England in the round of 16.
How does Netherlands arrive?: Netherlands beat Senegal 0-2 in the first game. A good start that it could not continue in the second against Ecuador. The match ended with a tie (1-1), where the Dutch did not offer their best version. Van Gaal recalled yesterday at press conference that his team has gotten 17 games without defeat to highlight the work that they are doing. His idea against Qatar is to introduce something new in the eleven to give freshness to the team, but without forgetting that the objetive is win.
How does Qatar arrive?: Qatar plays this match with the dubious honor of being the worst host team in World Cup history. They lost in the opening match against Ecuador and also did the same on the second day against Senegal. His participation has been an absolute disappointment. Zero points, zero victories and only one goal. The Qatari team only has to say goodbye to their World Cup with a victory to clean up its image. It won’t have the victory easy.
The duel of the match: Gakpo vs Muntari. Cody Gakpo is the top scorer of Netherlands in this World Cup with two goals. The PSV player has scored in both games and today will try score to Qatar. Despite facing an already eliminated team, Van Gaa doesn´t want surprises and will have his scorer. Muntari will go down history as the first Qatari player to score in a World Cup. He has earned the option to start against the Dutch.
By Fernando Perez (Football Analyst, Spain)