Netherlands vs. Qatar final score, result: Gakpo and De Jong clinch Oranje’s last-16 spot at World Cup

The Netherlands avoided any late nerves to seal top spot in Group A at the 2022 World Cup thanks to a straightforward 2-0 win over hosts Qatar.

Louis van Gaal’s side will face the runners-up from Group B in the last 16, as goals either side of the break from the on-fire Cody Gakpo and Barcelona star Frenkie de Jong eased them into the knockout stages.

Gakpo’s fine finish was the standout moment from the first half as the PSV forward netted his third goal of the tournament with a superb finish from the edge of the box.

De Jong’s scrambled close-range goal at the start of the second period ended any hopes of a Qatar fightback as Senegal’s 2-1 win over Ecuador put them through in second place.

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