We must not fear the Netherlands


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On Tuesday, Norway is part of a larger triangular drama in the World Cup qualification group G, where the Netherlands and Turkey are also looking forward to the final round in a year.

Turkey will visit Montenegro, and Ståle Solbakken’s troops will beat the Netherlands at De Kuip in Rotterdam if the Norwegians are to take first place and the direct route to Qatar.

“We must not fear them, but we must have great respect for them. Holland’s midfield can hardly match. And with the reserves, they can make two or three midfielders with absolute top class, “says Solbakken to NTB.

Due to rising corona infection in the Netherlands, the stands at De Kuip are empty. On the other hand, the Netherlands has a – seen with Norwegian glasses – eerie statistics in Rotterdam.

Oranje, as the team is called, has won its last 18 matches at De Kuip with an overall goal score of 52-4 and is undefeated in the last 27 matches on the field or the last 21 years.

In this qualification, the team has also played in Amsterdam and Eindhoven, but all four home matches so far have been won with an overall goal score of 18-1.

‘It is on the road that they have made mistakes. At home, they have been solid. “

“We can meet a Dutch team in complete hopla and then we have trouble hanging on. If we get a tempo shock, we have to hang on. The longer the match lives, the better it is for us, “says Solbakken.

The creative midfielder Martin Ødegaard is betting that Norwegian unity can lead the team to the World Cup.

“We are a small nation and we know every man has to run and do everything for the team. We are a group that fights for each other, and I think that is the most important key, “says Ødegaard to NTB.

Holland leads the group with 20 points and by far the best goal score of the three suitors. Turkey and Norway both have 18 points and a goal score of +10 and +9 respectively.

The team in first place after the drama is going to the World Cup, while the team in second place is going to play the playoffs for March. Number three ends with nothing.

/ ritzau /


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