England and the Netherlands qualified for the knockout stages of the FIFA World Cup after defeating their opponents in Qatar on Tuesday.

In Group A, the Netherlands scored twice against Qatar in their last match of the first stage. As expected, it proved to be an easy job against the minnows, Qatar, who had already been eliminated from the tournament after losing the first two games against Ecuador and Senegal.

During the process, Qatar also earned an unwanted distinction. They have become the first host side in the Football World Cup history to lose all the three group stage games.

Cody Gakpo, 23, is certainly the hero the Netherlands in the tournament so far. He had scored once in each of the two previous games and made it three out of three against the hosts at the Al Bayt Stadium.

Getting onto the end of a delightful one-two with Davy Klassen and had the composure and the feet to get his shot away as three Qatar defenders converged upon him. Meshaal Barsham, the Qatari goalkeeper of Sudanese descent, had no chance as the ball flew into the right corner of the net in the 26th minute.

And in the second half, Frenkie De Jong, who plays for Barcelona in La Liga, scored the second goal. Initially, Barsham stopped a close range shot from Memphis Depay but the ball fell to De Jong who ghosted past the static Qatari defence to thump it in.

Steven Berghuis thought he got a third with the easiest of finishes in the 68th but his goal was ruled out for an earlier handball by Gapko.   

The Dutch side will now meet the US in the Round of 16 as the Americans finished second in Group B which has been topped by England.

In Group B, England trounced Wales 3-0 thanks to the goals scored by Marcus Rashford and one by Phil Foden. All the goals came in an 18-minute period of play in the second half.

Rashford scored the first one after converting a free kick by Foden in the 50th minute. In the next minute, Foden received a cross into the six-yard box from the right side by Harry Kane and guided the ball into the net.

In the 68th minute, Rashford scored the last goal of the match after receiving an aerial pass and beat the goalkeeper with a low shot.

In the next round, England are now scheduled to face the US who came in second on Group B.


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