RIGA, Latvia (AP) — Davy Klaassen scored the one purpose because the Netherlands beat Latvia 1-0 to solidify its place on the prime of Europe Group G in World Cup qualifying as Turkey and Norway performed out a 1-1 in Istanbul.
Midfielder Klaassen scored his eighth worldwide purpose within the nineteenth minute, easing into area and volleying house a nook from the precise by Memphis Depay.
A minute later, Klaassen was in motion on the different finish, blocking a shot by Roberts Uldriķis after a fast break by Latvia.
“We must always have been higher. However three factors are essential for qualification,” captain Virgil van Dijk instructed Dutch broadcaster NOS.
The outcomes left the Netherlands two factors forward of second-placed Norway.
The hosts had been largely content material to defend in opposition to a Dutch group that had scored 22 objectives in six matches going into the qualifier in Riga. The Netherlands pushed ahead all through the match however after Klaassen’s strike couldn’t discover a method by the Latvian protection.
Substitutes Noa Lang and Ryan Granvenberch had photographs blocked within the second half and Depay curled a shot vast because the Dutch assault failed to fireplace.
Latvia pushed gamers ahead within the closing minutes and substitute Igors Tarasovs nearly snatched some extent for the house group in second-half stoppage time, however Justin Bijlow made save.
Second-placed Norway, taking part in with out injured striker Erling Haaland, went a purpose all the way down to Turkey because of a sixth-minute strike by Kerem Aktürkoğlu in Istanbul earlier than Kristian Thorstvedt levelled within the forty first.
Montenegro beat Gibraltar 3-0 within the day’s different Group G match.
The Netherlands takes on Gibraltar on Monday in Rotterdam, whereas Norway hosts Montenegro, and Turkey performs Latvia in Riga.