Gibraltar v Netherlands Live Commentary & Result, 30/03/2021, WC Qualification Europe

    That’s all for today, goodbye! 

    That win lifts Netherlands up to second in the table, above Montenegro and Norway on goal difference. Their attention will now be turning to the Euros in June. As for Gibraltar, they stay rooted to the bottom of the table after losing their first three qualifiers and they’ll be hoping to do better against Latvia in September.

    Netherlands sweep aside Gibraltar with a 7-0 win. It was only 1-0 at the break, with Berghuis breaking the deadlock 41 minutes in with a curling effort. Netherlands were clinical in the second half though with Luuk de Jong netting a second at the near post before they added three more in a four-minute period through Depay, Wijnaldum and Malen. Van de Beek came off the bench to slot a sixth past Gibraltar before Depay rounded it off with a close-range tap-in for his second of the game.


    90′ + 7′ De Ligt gives away a corner and it’s a good cross into the box from Mouelhi. He’s looking for Wiseman in the middle but it bounces off the back of Gravenberch and goes back out of play.

    90′ + 5′ A Netherlands corner is cleared to De Barr and he does really well to break out of his own half despite having three defenders around him. He spots Walker’s run through the middle and tries to pick him out, but it’s short and Gravenberch wins it back.

    R. Gravenberch

    Yellow Card

    90′ + 3′ Gravenberch pushed De Barr away so he could take the throw-in, so he’s booked as well.


    90′ + 3′ De Barr’s frustration at not getting a throw-in gets the better of him and there’s a coming together between the two players which ends in him getting a yellow card, which means he will miss the next match.

    90′ + 2′ GOOD SAVE! Netherlands counter quickly following Gibraltar’s corner and Depay cuts inside from the right to get into space. He has Van de Beek in the middle but chooses to go for goal, looking for his hat-trick, but Goldwin parries it away at his near post.

    90′ Gibraltar have a chance to break out of their own half with Mouelhi chasing Moulds’ long clearance down the left. He latches on to it and tries to play an early cross into De Barr and ends up winning a corner off Gravenberch.


    88′ Wijndal was quickly closed down Sergeant when he was first picked out by Depay, but he did well to step away with him and drill a low cross into the six-yard box.


    88′ DEPAY SCORES AGAIN! Depay kept the ball alive following the corner as he hooked it away from Wiseman to pick out Wijndal. He continued his run through the box and he caught out Goldwin at his near post with a tap-in when he got the return ball. 7-0 Netherlands!

    87′ Depay finds himself in a pocket of space just outside the box so he decides to go for goal. He’s trying to catch Goldwin out at his near post and curls his shot towards the bottom left corner, but it’s always swerving well wide of the target.


    85′ Wijndal just drifted away from Sergeant down the left and curled a good cross into a dangerous area.


    85′ VAN DE BEEK SCORES! Wijndal was initially looking for Depay with his cross, but he missed it when he tried to hit the shot on the turn. Van de Beek is unmarked in the middle though and he runs onto the loose ball before slotting it past Goldwin. 6-0 Netherlands!

    84′ Wijndal has a lot of space to run into down the left and he curls a great cross into the box when he gets into the final third. Babel is running onto it at the far post but Chipolina makes an important interception ahead of him to hook it clear.


    82′ Jolley just went down with an injury so he’s gone off to receive more treatment and Moulds is on in his place.


    82′ Gibraltar are making a double change as well, with Valerino coming on to replace Casciaro.


    81′ Berghuis is also going off, with Stengs on in his place.


    81′ There’s a double change for Netherlands now and Luuk de Jong is making way for Babel.

    79′ Luuk de Jong is the first Dutch national team player to score in three consecutive competitive games for the national team since Arjen Robben in 2017.

    D. van de Beek

    D. Klaassen


    77′ Another change for Netherlands now and it’s Van de Beek that’s coming on to replace Klaassen.

    76′ WHAT A MISS! Berghuis whips another great cross into the far post from the right and Wijndal cushions his header across goal for Wijnaldum to run onto. He’s stood next to the post and he flicks his header just wide of the target.

    76′ SAVE! Goldwin is straight into the action as he comes rushing off his line to close down Luuk de Jong and stop his run into the box. The ball loops up for Malen and Goldwin is there gets back to push it away.


    74′ Coleing limps off the field and slowly makes his way to the touchline and Goldwin is on in his place.


    73′ There’s a double change for Gibraltar here and Annesley is being taken off, with Torrilla on for him.

    72′ Coleing has stayed down after taking a goal-kick and it looks like he’s done something to his hamstring as he kicked the ball. The medical team are signalling to the bench and it looks like he’s going to have to go off.

    70′ CLOSE! De Barr gives the ball away just outside his own box and Wijndal quickly lays it off to Malen. He turns away from Sergeant to get into space but ends up dragging at his shot and dragging it wide of the near post.

    68′ Gibraltar are enjoying their first real bit of possession in the second half, but Walker can’t find a way past Wijndal on the left. He’s forced to go back to Chipolina, putting his defence under pressure again and the captain hooks it to safety.

    66′ It’s all gone wrong for Gibraltar and they’re looking very shaky at the back as Netherlands push forward once again. Berghuis swings yet another cross in from the left which none of the defenders go for and Coleing has to come off his line to collect it.


    64′ The Gibraltar defenders were asking for an offside flag to go up, but it was never going to come against Klaassen and he played a dangerous cross into the six-yard box for Malen.


    64′ THEY HAVE FIVE! Yet again, Netherlands get in behind Gibraltar and Klaassen times his run perfectly to stay onside. He squares his cross into the middle and Malen is left with a simple tap-in from very close range. 5-0 Netherlands!


    62′ WIJNALDUM SCORES! It’s too easy for Netherlands as Berghuis swings in another good cross from the right. He picks out Wijnaldum and his header is smothered by Coleing in the middle of the goal. He gives it straight back to the captain though and this time, he fires his shot into the back of the net. 4-0 Netherlands! 


    61′ DEPAY SCORES! Depay is standing over a free-kick on the left and he curls his effort straight into the wall. Walker gets his head to it, but he ends up catching out his goalkeeper. Coleing had stepped to his near post and couldn’t scramble back across his line to stop it sneaking in at the far post. 3-0 Netherlands! 

    59′ Berghuis is the first Netherlands player to score the opening goal in consecutive games since Depay managed it in November 2017.

    57′ GOOD SAVE! Depay plays a good throughball into Berghuis on the edge of the box and again, none of the defenders close him down. He aims his shot across goal, but Coleing gets down quickly to push it out for a corner.


    55′ None of the Gibraltar defenders close down Berghuis on the right and he has time to pick out a low cross into Luuk de Jong.


    55′ NETHERLANDS DOUBLE THEIR LEAD! It’s a good cross in from Berghuis and Luuk de Jong gets ahead of Chipolina at the near post. He touches the ball on and it takes a slight deflection off the defender before bouncing over Coleing’s legs at the near post and hitting the back of the net. 2-0 Netherlands!


    54′ Blind is taken off the field on the stretcher and Malen is brought on to replace him.

    52′ Blind has stayed down holding his knee after the coming together with De Barr and he looks to be in a lot of pain. He’s getting treatment on it now, but it’s not looking good as the stretcher is being brought onto the field.

    51′ De Barr makes a brilliant driving run through the middle of the field, weaving away from De Light to get into the box. He goes to ground when he gets into the box under pressure from Blind, but there’s not much in it and the referee waves away the penalty claims.

    50′ Wijndal is trying to make something happen down the left for Netherlands, but Gibraltar are crowding him out and making it difficult to get forward. They switch it out to Berghuis on the left, but his cross is collected by Coleing.

    48′ Netherlands have started the second half the way they finished the first as they continue to keep Gibraltar penned back in their own half. Depay plays a one-two with Luuk de Jong before going to ground in the box under pressure from Chipolina, but the referee waves away the penalty claims.

    46′ Netherlands get us back underway for the second half! 

    R. Gravenberch

    D. Dumfries


    46′ There’s a change at the start of the second half for Netherlands as Gravenberch comes on to replace Dumfries.

    De Boer will be pleased to see his side go in ahead at the break, but they really have struggled to break down Gibraltar at times and he will want to see a big improvement in front of goal in the second half. Ribas will be pleased with his team’s performance so far as they’ve dealt with Netherlands’ threat well and he’ll be hoping for more of the same.

    Berghuis’ goal gives Netherlands a 1-0 lead over Gibraltar at the break. Netherlands dominated the first half, having a total of 19 shots on goal. They couldn’t find a way through until the 41st minute though when Wijnaldum touched it back to Berghuis and he curled a brilliant strike past Coleing and into the far corner. The visitors could’ve had more if not for Coleing, who made great saves to deny De Ligt, Klaassen and Wijndal.


    45′ GREAT SAVE! Frenkie de Jong’s cross is being watched by Wijndal on the left of the box and he hits it first time on the volley when it falls to him. It takes a big deflection off Chipolina and Coleing makes a brilliant reflex save to push it away from close range.

    43′ Netherlands are still keeping the pressure on Gibraltar here and the hosts just can’t get out of their own half at the moment. Depay tries to play in Luuk de Jong in the middle with a throughball, but it’s cut out by Sergeant.


    41′ Wijnaldum had his back to goal when the ball was played to him, so he touched it back to Berghuis to set up the goal.


    41′ NETHERLANDS LEAD! Berghuis initially left the ball when Dumfries played it back into the middle, but Wijnaldum pulled it back for him in the middle. He takes the shot first time, curling it around his defender and Coleing can’t get close to it as it curls into the far top corner. 1-0 Netherlands! 


    41′ There’s a change here for Gibraltar and it’s a defensive one as Barnett is brought on for Ronan.

    40′ GREAT SAVE! It’s a brilliant cross into the box from Berghuis on the right and Luuk de Jong touches it back to Klaassen. He gets the ball out from under his feet, and drills a low shot to the bottom-right corner, but Coleing is there to push it off the line.


    38′ Klaassen is booked after he catches De Barr with a high boot.

    37′ Netherlands just can’t find a way through Gibraltar’s backline and Ronan makes an important interception in midfield before trying to set De Barr on the counter. He’s quickly closed down by Berghuis though and he can’t get out of his own half.

    35′ Netherlands are still finding a lot of space down the left and Wijndal swings an early cross into the box to pick out Klaassen. His header hits Wiseman before rebounding onto him and going out for a Gibraltar goal-kick.

    33′ Wiseman puts a long throw-in into the box for Gibraltar and Blind’s clearance only goes as far as Annesley. He heads it to Walker, who brings it down and sets himself for a shot, but he used his arm to control it and Netherlands win a free-kick.


    31′ Ronan slides in to win the ball off Klaassen and he takes a lot of the ball before tripping him on the follow-through which earns him the first booking of the game.

    29′ Jolley steps in front of Luuk de Jong to intercept Blind’s pass and he tries to set De Barr on the counter. He’s bundled to the ground by De Ligt and Gibraltar have a free-kick which will ease the pressure on them at the moment.

    27′ Gibraltar just can’t get a touch on the ball at the moment and Netherlands are on the attack again. Depay is finding a lot of space down the left and he pulls it back for Klaassen just outside the box. He tries a throughball into Luuk de Jong, but it rolls kindly for Coleing.

    25′ GOOD SAVE! Chipolina’s clearance falls to Dumfries on the right and he pulls it back for Wijnaldum who’s in space on the edge of the box. He fires a low shot towards the bottom left corner and Coleing gets down to push it away with a strong hand.

    23′ GREAT CHANCE! The Gibraltar defenders are asking for offside against Depay, but he timed his run perfectly to latch onto Wijndal’s cross. He whips a good cross into the far post where Dumfries meets it, but he ends up heading his effort wide of the far post.

    21′ Luuk de Jong manages to bundle the ball into Klaassen at the byline on the left and he pulls it back for Depay. He turns away from two Gibraltar defenders to get in on goal, but he drags at his shot and it rolls wide of the near post.

    19′ De Barr was chasing Ronan’s long ball over the top and Krul came rushing off his line to collect it but caught the forward in the head with his knee. He’s received treatment on it and he’s going to be able to come back on.

    17′ DOUBLE SAVE! Depay swings his corner into the box and Berghuis pulls back to the edge of the box to curl a shot on goal. Luuk de Jong is closing in on it but Coleing manages to push the ball away before smothering Depay’s bicycle kick at the near post.

    16′ It’s a good corner into the box for Gibraltar and Netherlands don’t get their lines clear as Blind’s clearance falls to Chipolina. He heads it back into the middle and De Barr is setting himself for a shot just as De Ligt gets back to clear his lines.

    14′ Gibraltar have everyone back in their own box as Netherlands push forward again and the visitors switch it out to Wijndal on the left. He steps away from Wiseman before firing a shot towards the near top corner, but he fires it high over the crossbar.

    12′ Netherlands are keeping the pressure on Gibraltar here as Depay drives forward down the left, before cutting inside and wrongfooting Sergeant. He drills a shot towards the far post, but Wiseman gets back to makes the block.

    10′ Netherlands have a lot of bodies in the box, but Frenkie de Jong chooses to switch play out to Dumfries, who’s in a lot of space on the right, instead. It’s too high for him though and he ends up heading it out of play.

    8′ Berghuis is finding a lot of space early on and he cuts inside from the right again before floating a lovely cross into the box towards Depay. He can’t bring it down though and Chipolina clears the danger for Gibraltar.

    6′ Berghuis draws his defender into him as he drives through the middle before picking out Luuk de Jong with a cross with the outside of his boot. He tries to play the return ball, but Berghuis is blocked off and it rolls straight out of play.

    4′ Berghuis has gone down after being caught late by De Barr and the referee has called across the forward to have a word with him as he’s already given away a couple of free-kicks and he’s going to have to be careful.

    2′ Netherlands are seeing a lot of the ball in the opening minutes, but it’s patient play from them as they try to work it around Gibraltar, who have dropped back to sit deep in their own half.

    1′ Walker gets the game underway for Gibraltar! 

    The teams are out on the pitch now, with kick-off just moments away.

    This is the first meeting between Gibraltar and Netherlands in any competition.

    Frank de Boer was clearly pleased with his team’s performance against Latvia last time out and is taking no chances today as he names an unchanged side for this game.

    Julio Ribas makes nine changes to the side that lost to Montenegro on Saturday, with only Sergeant and Jolley retaining their places from that match.

    NETHERLANDS SUBS: Calvin Stengs, Ryan Gravenberch, Patrick van Aanholt, Ryan Babel, Marten de Roon, Donyell Malen, Kenny Tete, Marco Bizot, Joel Veltman, Steven Bergwijn, Donny van de Beek, Maarten Stekelenburg.

    NETHERLANDS STARTING XI (4-2-3-1): Tim Krul; Denzel Dumfries, Matthijs de Ligt, Daley Blind, Owen Wijndal; Georginio Wijnaldum, Frenkie de Jong; Steven Berghuis, Davy Klaassen, Memphis Depay; Luuk de Jong.

    GIBRALTAR SUBS: Dylan Borge, Kyle Goldwin, Ethan Santos, Bradley Banda, Kelvin Morgan, Dylan Peacock, Antony Moulds, Kyle Casciaro, Reece Styche, Julian Valarino, Graeme Torrilla, Erin Barnett.

    GIBRALTAR STARTING XI (5-4-1): Dayle Coleing; Scott Wiseman, Jack Sergeant, Roy Chipolina, Aymen Mouelhi, Louie John Annesley; Kian Ronan, Lee Casciaro, Ethan Jolley, Liam Walker; Tjay De Barr.

    Netherlands’ qualifying campaign began with a surprise 4-2 defeat to Turkey but they bounced back with a comfortable 2-0 win over Latvia on Saturday to get them off the mark. They face a Gibraltar side that have suffered back-to-back defeats in their first two matches, being well-beaten by both Norway and Montenegro and they’re looking for their first win since October 2020 when they beat Liechtenstein in the Nations League.

    Hello and welcome to live coverage of the World Cup Qualifier in Group G between Gibraltar and Netherlands at Victoria Stadium!

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