The Netherlands and Croatia are back – national teams

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Frenkie de Jong celebrated a home win with the Netherlands. © APA / afp / MAURICE VAN STEEN

The Dutch national soccer team celebrated their first victory in the World Cup qualification in the second game. Three days after the false start with the 2: 4 against Turkey, the oppressively superior team of bond coach Frank de Boer struggled to a 2: 0 against outsiders Latvia on Saturday evening.

The goals for Oranje were scored by Steven Berghuis (32nd minute) and former Bundesliga professional Luuk de Jong (69th). The game against outsider Gibraltar will follow next Tuesday. The French Stéphanie Frappart was the first ever referee to lead a men’s World Cup qualifier.

The Turkish selection celebrated their second clear victory. After the 4-2 win against the Dutch, the team prevailed 3-0 against opening winners Norway and pushed the Scandinavians from the top of qualifying group G. In Malaga, Ozan Tufan (4th), Caglar Söyüncü (28th) scored for the Turks .) and Ozan Tufan (59.).

Three days after the 0: 1 in Slovenia, vice world champions Croatia made the hoped-for mandatory victory perfect: In the 1-0 win against Cyprus in Rijeka, Mario Pasalic scored in the 40th minute.

World Cup qualification: Saturday’s results

Montenegro – Gibraltar 4: 1
Russia 2-1 Slovenia
Belarus – Estland 4: 2
Croatia 1-0 Cyprus
Netherlands 2-0 Latvia
Norway 0-3 Turkey
Czech Republic – Belgium (8.45 p.m.)
Ireland – Luxembourg (20.45)
Serbia-Portugal (8.45pm)
Slovakia-Malta (8.45pm)

Author: dl / dpa

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