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Wales 2-0 Netherlands
While Wales had an unsuccessful night, especially after scoring late to equalise against Ireland, Dutch side showed more signs of improvement from what had looked like a disorganized performance earlier.
Now they have an opportunity to take advantage of a more favorable Uefa qualifying path than the teams in their group.
But Holland appeared to be lacking something vital, failing to cope with Ireland’s intense pressing game and soon seeing it slip out of their grasp.
Oranje were dealt a blow early when captain Robin van Persie suffered an early injury and had to be replaced by Jermain Lens. Coleman responded by sending on Fulham youth player George Williams for his debut, who looked in full flight until Ron Vlaar made an intervening tackle that prevented any attempts on goal from George Williams. Yet visitors quickly settled and Wesley Sneijder and Robben proved dominant throughout.
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Ireland deserved to win
Irish punters had noted before the game that England always found a way to rise above expectations when facing pressure, and for a time, it appeared as though they might be correct. Borthwick brought back Manu Tuilagi and gave Henry Arundell his debut. And England began impressively compared with last week.
At halftime, England faced an uphill struggle following Freddie Steward’s red card and were looking at an anxious final quarter before Ross Byrne and Rob Herring both crossed to ease some pressure before Sexton scored with one last kick to end it all.
Attracted by half a million fans in Dublin and keenly aware of what was at stake, Sexton ended his international career on an impressive note; setting records throughout his international career to cement his legacy as one of its greats.
Netherlands deserved to win
Ireland was justly deserving of their draw with Netherlands after playing so courageously and fiercely throughout their opening World Cup matches, so much was their energy on show that was evident against a side that has struggled since Louis van Gaal left them.
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USA took advantage of their defensive block as they pushed forward at high speed with intent, driving their Expected Goals total down to 0.25, their lowest single-game total since over 10 years ago.
Cody Gakpo’s early strike gave them an advantage against Ecuador that ultimately evaporated, while Mariona Caldentey and Ona Batlle created problems for their defence, with central pair Jennifer Hermoso and Aitana Bonmati setting the tempo for play. Lineth Beerensteyn missed two clear chances before Salma Paralluelo equalised late on; nonetheless the Dutch were worthy winners, though Beerensteyn’s failure robbed them of any chance to take charge of their pool.