After defeating Poland, the Netherlands now need a point against Belgium in their last group game to go to the Nations League Finals.
scored as theNetherlands
2-0 in Group A4 of the
on Thursday. The Oranje dominated the first half at the PGE Narodowy in Warsaw and led 1-0 at the interval, thanks to Gakpo's 13-minute goal from close range.
At the start of the second half, Poland created a threat of an equalizer, but Bergwijn secured all three points with a precise finish around the hour mark. The win means
Louis van Gaal
's squad only needs to avoid defeat against Belgium on Sunday to get to the Finals in June.
The Netherlands fell behind when Teun Koopmeiners was injured in the opening five minutes, but they took the lead when Gakpo scored within the six-yard box following a fluid attack that sliced through Poland's defense easily.
missed a fantastic opportunity to double the visitors' lead, missing from a tight angle when a simple ball to Gakpo would have surely resulted in a goal, while Steven Berghuis curled wide.
Arkadiusz Milik and Sebastian Szymanski came close to tying the game for Poland after the halftime break. Vincent Janssen assisted Bergwijn, who calmly placed the ball past Wojciech Szczesny in the 60th minute, putting an end to the opposition's hopes of a comeback.
The Netherlands deserved to win, and the only thing that made Van Gaal sad was that they didn't beat a bad Poland team by a more significant margin. Now, all they need to do to secure a spot in next year's Finals is successfully navigate Sunday's enticing matchup against their opponents.
Gakpo has scored eight goals in seven Eredivisie games for PSV this season, and he continued his excellent form on the international stage by putting the Netherlands ahead with his third goal at this level in the first half. Robert Lewandowski appeared disappointed in the Polish forward position.
The Barcelona forward has been one of Europe's most dangerous strikers over the past decade, but he was held without a shot as his team struggled to break down the opposition. Sunday marks the conclusion of both teams' Group A4 campaigns, with Poland visiting Wales and the Netherlands meeting Belgium.
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