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Moderate Orange does not give Van Gaal a victory in Norway on return | UEFA 2022 World Cup Qualifiers

Louis van Gaal was unable to win on his return as national coach of Orange. The Netherlands got stuck on a 1-1 draw in Norway. Haaland and Klaassen scored before half time, after half time both teams disappointed.

1-1 after exciting first half

Norway-Netherlands was previously dominated by the return of Louis van Gaal as national coach. It was therefore a matter of watching in which formation and with which players the Orange would enter the Norwegian field.

Van Gaal gave young Feyenoord goalkeeper Justin Bijlow his debut in goal and in his classic 4-3-3 he also had room for Timber and Gakpo, who kept Dumfries and Malen on the bench. Norway’s hopes rested on the shoulders of wonder duo Haaland-Ødegaard.

The Netherlands started energetically and showed themselves early through Timber and Gakpo, but Norway eagerly made use of the space that the offensive Orange left behind. After twenty minutes, Haaland plucked a wonderful ball from the sky and left Bijlow without a chance: 1-0.

The Orange squad had to work hard and fifteen minutes later came alongside again: Berghuis and Wijnaldum set up a good attack, Klaassen had to tap in at the penalty point. The Netherlands had possession of the ball and pushed through, but a second goal before half-time did not fall.

1-1 after boring second half

Then after the break, they hoped for Orange, but they were disappointed. An uninspired Netherlands sought, but did not find the openings. Defensively it looked shaky and in the front the last pass never came through.

In minute 64, the Orange even escaped the 2-1, when Haaland kicked the ball wonderfully on the post. Donyell Malen, who had come in at halftime, came close to the Norwegian cage with a low slide, but he couldn’t score anymore.

So no victory for Louis van Gaal on his return as Dutch national coach. Orange thus fails to flush the great European Championship disappointment. The pressure on the upcoming matches, against Montenegro and Turkey, is therefore increasing again.

The handsome 1-0 from Haaland:

  1. second half, minute 95 match over
  2. Yellow card for Donyell Malen of the Netherlands during the second half, minute 93
  3. second half, minute 92. Substitution at the Netherlands, Denzel Dumfries in, Jurriën Timber out
  4. second half, minute 89. The Netherlands is still pressing in the final minutes of this match, but for the time being the last pass is missing. Will we get another winner? .
  5. second half, minute 87. Despite the stiff Dutch game, national coach Van Gaal only made one substitution in this match. Confidence in his basic pawns doesn’t seem right, because this Dutch team really didn’t bring much tonight. .
  6. second half, minute 84. We are heading for a draw. The Netherlands searches, but does not find. Norway seems happy with the point. Will we get another final offensive from either team? .
  7. second half, minute 74. The Netherlands is looking. A header from Van Dijk and a shot from Malen, that’s all we noted on the Orange side after the break. If the Netherlands do not win today, the pressure will increase again for the next important matches against Montenegro and Turkey. .
  8. second half, minute 68.
  9. second half, minute 68. Substitution at Norway, Patrick Berg in, Mathias Normann out
  10. The pole saves the Netherlands! Norway unpacks with yet another fast counter. Ødegaard advances and plays well on that other wonderboy, Haaland. The Dortmund phenomenon takes a great shot at the short corner, but sees his kick on the post shatter. . second half, minute 64.
  11. second half, minute 62. Grind just wide. Once again, the Netherlands comes close to the lead. Malen picks up a falling ball and kicks hard and low towards Hansen’s cage. Unfortunately for the striker, the ball whizzes down the wrong side of the post over the back line. .
  12. Yellow card for Norway’s Martin Ødegaard during second half, minute 61
  13. second half, minute 60. The Norwegian national coach Solbakken intervenes with a double substitution. Hauge leaves for ex-Genkie Møller Dæhli. Ryerson is substituted for Pedersen. The Norwegians have shown next to nothing in this second half, can the substitutes change that? .
  14. second half, minute 59. Substitution for Norway, Mats Møller Dæhli in, Jens Petter Hauge out
  15. second half, minute 59. Substitution for Norway, Julian Ryerson in, Marcus Holmgren Pedersen out
  16. second half, minute 58. The Netherlands does try, although the attempts are not really convincing. Depay pulls in and lashes out hard with the right, again Hansen should not really get tired. .
  17. second half, minute 53. There is the Netherlands again. Van Dijk towers over the pack on a corner kick, but heads straight at Hansen. .
  18. second half, minute 51. The pattern of the first half continues after the break: Orange has the ball, Norway is waiting for the counterattack. .
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