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Netherlands 2-0 Latvia: Dutch dominate in World Cup qualifier

Netherlands fans inside the Cruijff Arena
There were 5,000 home fans inside the Cruijff Arena

The Netherlands bounced back from their disappointment against Turkey with victory over Latvia, as Stephanie Frappart became the first woman to referee a men's World Cup qualifier.

The Frenchwoman has previously taken charge of men's European club matches.

Feyenoord's Steven Berghuis and Sevilla's Luuk de Jong both scored in a match the Dutch dominated.

The game was played in front of 5,000 home fans in the 55,000-capacity Cruijff Arena in Amsterdam.

The lucky few had to follow strict Covid-19 protocols to get the chance to watch the national side.

They witnessed a dominant Netherlands performance, in stark contrast to the display during the 4-2 loss in Turkey last week.

Frank de Boer's side should have scored more than the two goals against Latvia, having created an incredible 37 chances.

Steven Berghuis
Winger Steven Berghuis has scored 16 goals for Feyenoord so far this season

Berghuis opened the scoring in the 32nd minute with a brilliant strike from the edge of the area before De Jong headed home the second after the break.

De Jong and Ajax midfielder Davy Klaassen also both headed on to the bar from close range, while Latvia goalkeeper Roberts Ozols made several brilliant saves.

Dutch keeper Tim Krul's only save of note was from Andrejs Ciganiks, late in the game.

Frappart did not have any major contentious incidents to deal with. On Sunday, Ukranian Kateryna Monzul will become the second female referee to officiate a men's qualifier, when she takes charge of Austria's fixture against the Faroe Islands.

Before kick-off, the Dutch team came on to the field wearing black T-shirts featuring the words "football supports change", in reference to the well-publicised plight of migrant workers in Qatar, hosts of the next World Cup. It followed similar messages to those promoted by the Norwegian and Germany teams.

Prior to the match, Dutch defender Matthijs de Ligt said it was something the squad been thinking about for some time.

Qatar's hosting of the tournament has been politically under scrutiny in the Netherlands, with a recent motion passed in the Dutch parliament calling for the king and prime minister not to travel to the tournament, should the team qualify.

'Uefa want proof that fans will be able to attend'

Matthew Kenyon, BBC World Service in Amsterdam

The 55,000-capacity Cruijff Arena housed 5,000 fans for the Netherlands' qualifier against Latvia.

Stand-in skipper Gini Wijnaldum of Liverpool sent a message to everyone via one of the compulsory apps this morning saying how much the players were looking forward to the experience.

Everyone who is here has had to download a couple of apps, for information and tracing purposes - and we all have had to show a negative test result taken in the past 24 hours. I did mine this morning - the (negative) result came through within 15 minutes.

If the experiment works, this will open the way for fans to come back in some numbers - maybe even before the end of the domestic season. But this is also being done with the demand of the European Championship in mind - Uefa want proof that fans will be able to attend.

The proof of whether it's a success or otherwise - in a country where the coronavirus numbers are on their way back up - will only come in the days after the event. We all have to have another test next week.

Line-ups

Netherlands

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 1Krul
  • 22Dumfries
  • 3de Ligt
  • 17BlindBooked at 87mins
  • 5Wijndal
  • 8WijnaldumSubstituted forvan de Beekat 79'minutes
  • 21de Jong
  • 11BerghuisSubstituted forStengsat 84'minutes
  • 6KlaassenSubstituted forGravenberchat 79'minutes
  • 10DepaySubstituted forBergwijnat 89'minutes
  • 19de JongBooked at 52minsSubstituted forBabelat 79'minutes

Substitutes

  • 2Tete
  • 4Veltman
  • 7Bergwijn
  • 9Babel
  • 12van Aanholt
  • 13Stekelenburg
  • 14Gravenberch
  • 15de Roon
  • 16Stengs
  • 18Malen
  • 20van de Beek
  • 23Bizot

Latvia

Formation 4-2-3-1

  • 12Ozols
  • 15Fjodorovs
  • 5Cernomordijs
  • 18Tarasovs
  • 13Jurkovskis
  • 17ZjuzinsSubstituted forKarklinsat 45'minutesBooked at 52mins
  • 6Tobers
  • 7KamessSubstituted forSavalnieksat 79'minutes
  • 10IkaunieksBooked at 34minsSubstituted forKrollisat 88'minutes
  • 14CiganiksSubstituted forSolovjovsat 85'minutes
  • 20UldrikisSubstituted forGutkovskisat 45'minutes

Substitutes

  • 1Steinbors
  • 2Maksimenko
  • 3Oss
  • 4Emsis
  • 8Solovjovs
  • 9Ikaunieks
  • 11Savalnieks
  • 16Jaunzems
  • 19Krollis
  • 21Karklins
  • 22Gutkovskis
  • 23Zviedris
Referee:
Stéphanie Frappart
Attendance:
5,000

Match Stats

Home TeamNetherlandsAway TeamLatvia
Possession
Home77%
Away23%
Shots
Home36
Away4
Shots on Target
Home11
Away0
Corners
Home16
Away0
Fouls
Home5
Away11

Live Text

  1. Post update

    Match ends, Netherlands 2, Latvia 0.

  2. Full Time

    Second Half ends, Netherlands 2, Latvia 0.

  3. Post update

    Foul by Denzel Dumfries (Netherlands).

  4. Post update

    Raivis Jurkovskis (Latvia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  5. Post update

    Foul by Ryan Babel (Netherlands).

  6. Post update

    Roberts Ozols (Latvia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  7. Post update

    Matthijs de Ligt (Netherlands) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  8. Post update

    Foul by Raimonds Krollis (Latvia).

  9. Substitution

    Substitution, Netherlands. Steven Bergwijn replaces Memphis Depay.

  10. Substitution

    Substitution, Latvia. Raimonds Krollis replaces Janis Ikaunieks.

  11. Booking

    Daley Blind (Netherlands) is shown the yellow card for a bad foul.

  12. Post update

    Foul by Daley Blind (Netherlands).

  13. Post update

    Vladislavs Gutkovskis (Latvia) wins a free kick in the defensive half.

  14. Post update

    Attempt saved. Calvin Stengs (Netherlands) left footed shot from outside the box is saved in the top centre of the goal. Assisted by Frenkie de Jong.

  15. Substitution

    Substitution, Latvia. Aleksandrs Solovjovs replaces Andrejs Ciganiks.

  16. Post update

    Andrejs Ciganiks (Latvia) hits the left post with a left footed shot from the left side of the box following a fast break.

  17. Substitution

    Substitution, Netherlands. Calvin Stengs replaces Steven Berghuis.

  18. Post update

    Attempt missed. Donny van de Beek (Netherlands) right footed shot from the right side of the box misses to the left. Assisted by Steven Berghuis.

  19. Post update

    Attempt missed. Daley Blind (Netherlands) left footed shot from outside the box is too high. Assisted by Frenkie de Jong.

  20. Post update

    Attempt missed. Roberts Savalnieks (Latvia) right footed shot from the left side of the box misses to the right. Assisted by Janis Ikaunieks following a fast break.

Scores, Results & Fixtures

Saturday 27th March 2021

As It Stood

A

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Serbia21105414
2Portugal21103214
3Luxembourg11001013
4Azerbaijan100101-10
5R. of Ireland200224-20

B

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Sweden11001013
2Greece10101101
3Spain10101101
4Kosovo00000000
5Georgia100101-10

C

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Switzerland11003123
2Italy11002023
3Lithuania00000000
4Bulgaria100113-20
5Northern Ireland100102-20

D

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Bos-Herze10102201
2Finland10102201
3Ukraine10101101
4France10101101
5Kazakhstan00000000

E

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Czech Rep21107344
2Belgium21104224
3Belarus11004223
4Wales100113-20
5Estonia2002410-60

F

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Denmark11002023
2Austria10102201
3Scotland10102201
4Faroe Islands10101101
5Moldova10101101
6Israel100102-20

G

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Turkey22007256
2Montenegro22006246
3Netherlands21014403
4Norway21013303
5Latvia200214-30
6Gibraltar200217-60

H

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Russia22005236
2Slovenia21012203
3Croatia21011103
4Slovakia20202202
5Cyprus201101-11
6Malta201135-21

I

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1England11005053
2Albania11001013
3Poland10103301
4Hungary10103301
5Andorra100101-10
6San Marino100105-50

J

TeamPWDLFAGDPts
1Germany11003033
2Romania11003213
3Armenia11001013
4North Macedonia100123-10
5Liechtenstein100101-10
6Iceland100103-30
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