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AL RAYYAN, Qatar (AP) — Memphis Depay and Daley Blind scored within the first half and Denzel Dumfries added a late aim because the Netherlands eradicated the USA from the World Cup with a 3-1 victory Saturday that superior the Dutch to the quarterfinals.

Second-half substitute Haji Wright minimize the U.S. deficit to 2-1 within the 76th minute when Christian Pulisic’s cross hit his trailing foot and popped over goalkeeper Andries Noppert and into the online. However Dumfries, who assisted on the primary two targets, scored on a volley within the 81st.

Runners-up in 1974, 1978 and 2010, the Oranje prolonged their unbeaten streak to 19 video games and face Argentina or Australia on Friday.

It was a disappointing finish for a rebuilt U.S. crew hoping to advance previous the spherical of 16 for the primary time since 2002. Utilizing the second-youngest squad within the event, the People achieved the naked minimal to contemplate the World Cup successful, beating Iran of their group-stage finale to succeed in the knockout spherical.

However identical to in 2010 in opposition to Ghana and 2014 in opposition to Belgium, the USA was eradicated within the spherical of 16. The People are winless in 12 video games in opposition to European opponents on the World Cup since 2002, shedding six, and are 1-7 throughout the event’s knockout rounds.

Pulisic, taking part in 4 days after getting harm throughout his game-winning aim in opposition to Iran, had an opportunity to place the USA forward within the third minute however Noppert, taking part in in solely his fourth worldwide match, blocked his point-blank shot. With the People looking for an equalizing aim, Noppert dived to cease Tim Weah’s 25-yard effort within the forty second.

The gang of 44,846 was effectively again from the sector at renovated Khalifa Worldwide Stadium, which has an athletics monitor and was extra subdued than the raucous spectators for the match in opposition to Iran.

Whereas the USA had the higher play at first, the Dutch went forward after breaking the American press. Dumfries one-timed a go from the precise flank as Depay streaked unmarked into the penalty space. His right-footed shot from 14 yards beat Matt Turner to the far publish within the tenth minute for his forty third worldwide aim, transferring him into sole possession of second place on the Dutch profession scoring record behind Robin van Persie’s 50.

The aim was the primary allowed by the USA from the run of play within the event. In 37 World Cup matches, the People have by no means gained a sport by which they trailed.

The Netherlands doubled the lead on just about the ultimate kick of the primary half, within the first minute of stoppage time. After a fast sequence of exchanges following a throw-in, Dumfries obtained a cross round Tyler Adams and located Blind large open on the penalty spot. Blind scored solely his third worldwide aim — his first in eight years. Gio Reyna fed an open Weston McKennie within the 54th, however he skied his shot over the crossbar.

Wright entered within the 67th and scored his second worldwide aim, sparking U.S. hopes. However Dumfries was left unmarked by Tim Ream and Antonee Robinson and used his left foot to volley Blind’s cross.

YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS

The beginning lineup for the USA was its youngest for a World Cup knockout match at 25 years, 86 days. The earlier low was 27 years, 19 days for the 1930 semifinal loss to Argentina.

TRAINER’S ROOM

United States ahead Josh Sargent didn’t gown after injuring his proper ankle in opposition to Iran.

UP NEXT

The Netherlands will subsequent play Friday at Lusail Stadium, the location of this 12 months’s ultimate.

The People start the 2026 cycle with a match in opposition to Serbia on Jan. 25 in Los Angeles and face Colombia three days later in Carson, California. The video games will not be on FIFA dates, which means principally Main League Soccer gamers will likely be used.

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