Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Dutch ends Wales’ World Cup party with Cardiff win

CARDIFF — A second-string Netherlands beat Wales 2-1 away after a dramatic late finale in the Nations League on Wednesday, bringing the hosts back down to earth after they secured World Cup qualification at the weekend.

Wout Weghorst won the game for the Dutch, scoring with a header four minutes into stoppage time, straight after Wales looked to have snatched a late draw when Rhys Norrington-Davies netted two minutes into stoppage time.

Teun Koopmeiners opened the scoring five minutes into the second half to give the visitors the lead, after coach Louis van Gaal had changed his entire team from the side that opened their League A Group Four campaign with a 4-1 thumping of neighbor Belgium last Friday.

Wales also rested some of its senior squad members after winning a World Cup place for the first time in 64 years when they beat Ukraine 1-0 on Sunday, allowing fringe players to stake a claim for selection in the Qatar-bound team.

Despite looking the brighter of the two sides in the first half, Wales was caught early in the second when Koopmeiners found a pocket of space to fire home from the edge of the area with his weaker right foot after being set up by debutant Jerdy Schouten.

The Dutch had only one chance in the first 45 minutes, on the stroke of half time, when Cody Gakpo’s shot was deflected away for a corner by Chris Mepham.

Before that, Wales’s Harry Wilson hit the target with a free kick but his effort was punched away by Dutch goalkeeper Mark Flekken.

Welsh talisman Gareth Bale made a cameo appearance in the final quarter-hour, but it was Norrington-Davies who rose powerfully at the back post to head home an equalizer.

Yet almost straight from the kickoff, Frenkie de Jong surged forward at the start of a move that ended with Weghorst diving to head home a dramatic winner.

“It was a fantastic counter but we were sloppy in the first half, turned over a lot of possession and so we couldn’t attack. But I keep saying we have a tremendous squad,” Van Gaal told Dutch NOS television after the game.

Wales has now lost both games of the new Nations League campaign after defeat in Poland a week ago and also saw a 19-match unbeaten home record come to an inauspicious end.

Wednesday’s win extended the Netherlands’ 100% record over Wales to nine matches and put it top of the Nations League group.

The Dutch next hosts Poland in Rotterdam on Saturday when Wales hosts Belgium. — Reuters

Your information is secure and your privacy is protected. By opting in you agree to receive emails from us. Remember that you can opt-out any time, we hate spam too!



A worker of Ayala Corp’s Integrated Micro-Electronics Inc. (IMI) solders an automotive computer component part at an electronics assembly line in Binan, Laguna south...


MARI GIMENEZ-UNSPLASH THE NATIONAL Government plans to borrow P200 billion from the domestic market in July, the Bureau of the Treasury (BTr) said on...


SCOTT GRAHAM-UNSPLASH PHILIPPINE PRESIDENT Rodrigo R. Duterte has signed an order updating the list of investment areas where foreign ownership is limited or barred....


ETIENNE GIRARDET-UNSPLASH WHOLESALE PRICES of building materials in Metro Manila jumped to their highest in more than a decade in May as construction activities...


MAYNILAD Water Services, Inc. targets to distribute starting in July up to 10 million liters per day (MLD) of its “new water” or treated...


SOLAR Philippines Power Project Holdings, Inc. was able to forge contracts for at least 60% of the 10 gigawatts (GW) of energy capacity that...

You May Also Like


BW FILE PHOTO GROSS BORROWINGS by the National Government reached P2.6 trillion as of end-September as it continued to raise funds to respond to...


REUTERS By Luz Wendy T. Noble, Reporter The country’s foreign exchange buffers slightly increased as of end-October as the value of the central bank’s...


COVID-19 has had a significant impact on the mental health of Filipinos across different groups all over the archipelago. From frontline workers, parents balancing...

Financial Advisors

The healthcare ecosystem is one that has thrived on the cusp of scientific progress, benefitting enormously from the winds of change in the technological...

Disclaimer: Respect, its managers, its employees, and assigns (collectively "The Company") do not make any guarantee or warranty about what is advertised above. Information provided by this website is for research purposes only and should not be considered as personalized financial advice. The Company is not affiliated with, nor does it receive compensation from, any specific security. The Company is not registered or licensed by any governing body in any jurisdiction to give investing advice or provide investment recommendation. Any investments recommended here should be taken into consideration only after consulting with your investment advisor and after reviewing the prospectus or financial statements of the company.

Copyright © 2022 Respect Investment. All Rights Reserved.