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“We don’t have to entertain” Van Gaal happy to get closer to World Cup

Sat 09 October 2021 | 9:09

The Netherlands managed to get a narrow win over Latvia as they lead Group G of the World Cup qualifiers.

The Netherlands defeated Latvia with a 1-0 result on Friday.

Davy Klaassen

’s goal in the 19th minute was enough for the Oranje to win the game as they move ahead of Norway and Turkey in Group G of the World Cup qualifiers.

In a post-match interview, Louis van Gaal was asked about his side’s performance.

"We don't have to entertain the public here,"

the Netherlands boss told

NOS

.

"We have to make it to the World Cup, that's the goal.

"These are very difficult matches. Every long ball was a fight with that striker [Roberts Uldrikis] of theirs."

Van Gaal’s team are leading Group G with 16 points from their 7 games. Their closest rivals, Norway, were held to a 1-1 draw in their match against Turkey on Friday.

"It has become 0-1, but it could also have been 0-4, 1-6 or 2-1,"

he said.

"We did that ourselves. Frenkie de Jong's pass was too soft and Denzel Dumfries did not come to the ball. Everything went wrong there."

He added:

"We had 15 chances and they had four. We had 75 per cent of the ball. That is not surprising, because I had already expected this.

"You can say it’s not that great, but we won 1-0, and Turkey-Norway made it 1-1. We are one step closer to the World Cup."

The Oranje will face Gibraltar in their next World Cup qualifying game on Monday.


source: SportMob

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