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1 against USA in the quarter finals

LOuis van Gaal wants a really big coup at this World Cup and he’s not hiding it. The Elftal coach is aiming to win the Gold Cup and a 3-1 win over the USA made the Netherlands the first country to reach the quarter-finals of the tournament, which was certainly only a small step in that direction. Definitely more than one thing.

So the old master of training did not put on a big show after this success, which colleagues like the German Hansi Flick could only dream of. Van Gaal didn’t do any cheering, he just shook a few hands and praised his team, something the 71-year-old football teacher still wants.

“We struggled a lot in the first half, which is unacceptable at the World Cup,” he fumed about his team’s performance before the break. You can’t buy that kind of performance “against top nations”. Matthias Sammer, the proven expert on all questions of success mindset, would probably say: “That’s what winners are.”

Because the Dutch have to advance after a sovereign, but by no means the best group stage and this round of 16, it’s not a great game of football. At first the Americans were even stronger, and Christian Pulisic had a good chance three minutes later. But the ex-Dortmund man scored for the Netherlands with his shot from an excellent position through the legs of Andries Nobert.