USA vs Netherlands: The knockout stages of the 2022 FIFA World Cup have started, and now it’s time for the major event.
USA vs Netherlands:
There is no time to take it easy when it comes to the important games because they get underway with a bang with the United States taking on the Netherlands in one of the round’s most fascinating matches, followed by Argentina playing one of the tournament’s surprise teams in Australia.
The United States has a chance to duplicate their finest performance at a men’s World Cup in the modern era on Saturday. Since the first World Cup in 1930, when they advanced to the semifinals thanks to two group stage victories, the 2002 run to the quarterfinals is the team’s longest run ever.
Cody Gakpo vs. Sergino Dest/Antonee Robinson is one battle to keep an eye on. Gakpo, who typically plays on the right side of attack for the Netherlands, is the team’s leading scorer (either as a striker or a winger, depending on how you define his position). However, it would be alluring for the Netherlands to change things up and place him on the left, where he plays for his club, PSV Eindhoven, in order to pit him against the defensively dubious Dest.
In any case, the Dutch don’t generate many opportunities, but when they do, Gakpo is the one who takes advantage of them. It will be up to the American fullbacks to ensure that it doesn’t happen again because he has scored in every game the Netherlands has played so far.
Christian Pulisic has the highest chance of scoring. Against Iran, he scored and gave his life in the process. The United States advanced to the knockout rounds thanks to the crucial goal.
Pulisic will be able to harass a Dutch defence and create for himself and others if they want to keep this ride going. Look for Pulisic to lead the attack since the Americans took more shots during the group stage than the Dutch squad did.
Pick for Man of the Match: Matt Turner. If the United States want to win, it won’t take many saves, but he’ll need to make one or two big ones. And he is capable of playing that kind of game.
Turner may not be the best with his feet, but he excels at stopping shots, which is the main task for which goalkeepers are compensated. The goalie wouldn’t be necessary for a successful squad. However, while not the best team, this one is still capable of pulling an unexpected win. Turner will have a crucial part to play in that.
Match prediction: An early Pulisic goal establishes the tone, and a few clutch Matt Turner stops seal the deal on a historic victory for the men’s national team of the United States. They triumph by a score of one.