Netherlands beat Qatar to top Group A

Netherlands beat Qatar to top Group A

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Cody Gakpo’s third goal in three matches helped the Netherlands beat World Cup hosts Qatar 2-0 at the Al Bayt Stadium on Tuesday to top Group A and enter the knockout stages.

The Dutch, who finished with seven points from their three group games, will be joined in the last 16 by Senegal, who beat Ecuador 2-1 to finish second with six points.

Qatar were eliminated after a 3–1 defeat by Senegal, and despite heavy investment in state-of-the-art facilities to host the World Cup, they again came up short on the pitch.

In a dreary first half they were not without moments, forcing a few corners and threatening on the edge of the Dutch area, but as soon as they closed their teeth, a gut-punch of a goal by Gakpo Killed with

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