The USA was dominating its encounter with the Netherlands. After half-time, the Netherlands was leading with two goals while the USA could not fetch a single one in its favour. The fighting spirit was up from the start in the Khalifa International Stadium. However, it was depleted for the USA fans when Depay from the Netherlands gave a goal at 10 minutes of the game, followed by Blind at 46 minutes.
The USA showed much higher possession than the Netherlands team. Fouls were heavier on the Netherlands’ side, and the pass accuracy of the two teams did not differ by a huge difference. Fifty-three minutes into the game, the win probability spoke highly in favour of the Netherlands. 94% voted for the Netherlands’ win, 5% still believed in a draw, while 1% was optimistic about the USA’s win.
The two teams had met before in a match on 6th June 2015, where the USA won the match with a score of 4-3 against the Netherlands. A. Noppert of Netherlands made 4 saves while M. Turner of the USA could save only one in 58 minutes of the game. A few minutes later, a key player of the Netherlands, N.AKÉ, faced a blow in his leg when tackled by Dumfries of the Netherlands team. The situation could not stop N.AKÉ’ from continuing.
The ticking clock put a lot of pressure on the USA as the spectators were looking forward to two or more goals from the team. The stars and stripes shined when H. Wright from the USA grabbed a goal for his team. But six minutes later, Dumfries of Netherlands cemented the 3rd goal for his team. The match ended with a win for the Netherlands.