Qatar becomes the first World Cup host to lose all three group matches, the last 2-0 against the Orange.
The Dutch barely broke a sweat in their 2-0 win over Qatar at the Al-Bayt Stadium, ending the hosts’ World Cup season with a third straight defeat.
The Qataris were eliminated after their 3-1 loss against Senegal earlier this week and again fell short on the field.
They weren’t without their moments in the first half, forcing some corners and threatening on the edge of the Dutch area, but as soon as they bared their teeth they were hit with a goal underbelly by Cody Gakpo.
Davy Klaassen played an inviting ball in the 23-year-old’s path and he received it in pace, cutting through the heart of the defense before sending a well-placed shot past Meshaal Bersham to open the scoring in the 26th minute.
Four minutes into the second half, the Orange struck again as a cross from Klaassen found its way to Memphis Depay, who made a rare start, and the Qatari defense was caught when his shot was blocked, allowing Frankie de Jong to bundle it. in the net.
With Qatar not having the quality to pull off a comeback, an Orange goal was disallowed after Gakpo was ruled to have handed the ball in the build-up, but they still went on to win.
The result sends the Netherlands to the last 16, with Qatar having played their last game at the World Cup.
The defeat makes Qatar, the current Asian champions, the first World Cup host to lose all three group matches.
The Netherlands have finished second at the World Cup three times, finishing third in 2014, but failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup. Qatar made its tournament debut and will now return to planning the future of the game in the country.