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Latvia v Netherlands Live Commentary, 09/10/21

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D. Klaassen (19)
Daugavas Stadionā


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Latvia are next in World Cup qualifying action on Monday at home to Turkey. Netherlands play the same day at home to Gibraltar.
Netherlands take a step towards the World Cup by securing their third win in a row in qualifying, beating Latvia 1-0 in their Group G contest. Davy Klaassen scored the only goal of the game with a sublime volley from Memphis Depay's corner in the 19th minute. The Oranje were not at their best in the final third and were made to hang on in the dying stages. Justin Bijlow produced a vital save to deny Igors Tarasovs in stoppage time to allow his team to close out the victory.
90' + 3' WIDE! Dubra attacks the second corner from Savalnieks, but his effort loops wide of the left post. Another close attempt late in the game.
90' + 2' SAVE! Lativa come within inches of a leveller. Tarasovs latches on to a cutback from Ciganiks in the box and shoots on the half-volley towards goal. It appears to be heading into the net before Bijlow sticks out a hand to turn it away from goal. Savalnieks attacks the rebound at the back post, but his effort is deflected behind by Gravenberch.
90' + 2' Jurkovskis has a run down the left flank and wins a corner off the legs of Lang. Latvia have a chance from the resulting set-piece.
90' There will be three minutes of added time.
E. Stuglis
E. Emsis
89' Emsis is withdrawn for Stuglis for the closing stages.
I. Tarasovs
R. Uldriķis
89' Tarasovs enters the action to replace Uldrikis in the final third for the hosts.
87' The visitors are putting their foot on the ball to attempt to wind down the clock. Latvia have offered nothing in the final third in the second half.
85' Netherlands have not been able to put the game beyond the reach of the hosts. Latvia have five minutes to snatch a point.
R. Krollis
M. Ķigurs
84' Kigurs is withdrawn by the hosts and is replaced by Krollis.
K. Kārkliņš
A. Zjuzins
84' Zjuzins makes way from the Latvia midfield and is replaced by Karklins.
84' WIDE! Depay latches on to a long ball over the top and brings it down with a sublime piece of control. He tries to bend a right-footed strike into the bottom-left corner, only to place his effort wide.
83' Gravenberch makes a probing run into the left-inside channel, but he cannot combine with Lang in the box, misplacing his offload.
D. Ontužāns
A. Jaunzems
81' Jaunzems is withdrawn for the home side and is replaced by Ontuzans.
81' WIDE! Latvia are unable to clear the ball from their box before Weghorst fires at goal on his left foot, but his effort clips the side-netting and travels wide.
80' Dumfries angles a cross towards the back post, but Depay on the stretch can only guide his header back into the middle rather than at goal.
77' BLOCKS! Latvia are giving themselves every chance by throwing men in front of their goal. Netherlands are denied their second as Lang launches a strike from close range, but Jaunzems throws himself in the way of the ball. Gravenberch goes for the effort on the follow-up, but he is denied by the legs of Ozols. Superb defending from the hosts.
W. Weghorst
C. Gakpo
76' Gakpo is withdrawn in the final third and is replaced by Weghorst. The forward provides a direct route of attack for Netherlands.
74' CHANCE! Depay cuts inside from the left flank and angles a cross into the middle. Gakpo gets ahead of his man and tries to guide a volley towards goal on the turn, but he fails to connect and the ball travels through to Ozols.
73' Blind scoops a cross to the back post for Dumfries to attack. Jurkovskis jumps to attempt to clear, but fails to connect with the header. However, he does enough to put off the full-back, who chests it through to Ozols.
71' Gakpo goes down after being caught by Jurkoskis. He appears to be holding his face and may have just caught a boot to the eye.
69' Latvia are hanging in there under the pressure from the visitors. As long as they are only one goal behind, there is hope for Kazakevics' men.
67' CHANCE! Depay latches on to an offload from Lang in the box amid a crowd of bodies. He tries to flick a right-footed shot towards goal, but the ball trickles wide of the target.
65' De Jong makes a probing run to the edge of the box, but he gets crowded out by Emsis and Zjuzins before he can threaten.
64' Netherlands have mustered five shots on goal in the second half, but are yet to hit the target.
R. Gravenberch
G. Til
62' Gravenberch enters the action to replace Til, who had faded after a good start to the game.
N. Lang
S. Berghuis
62' Berghuis has been full of effort tonight, but it has not quite worked out for him. Lang replaces the forward.
59' Netherlands have upped the ante since the restart, but still lack the two-goal cushion to take complete control of the contest.
57' OFF THE LINE AND WIDE! Savalnieks is in the right place at the right time to head Dumfries' cross off the line as it looks to be creeping into the back of the net. Depay latches on the rebound and hammers a low strike towards goal that takes a deflection and just creeps past the left post.
56' WIDE! Netherlands win a corner down the left flank that Depay swings into the box. De Vrij rises to attack it, but can only glance his header wide of the right post.
54' Gakpo makes a run down the left flank before he gets tripped by Uldrikis. Netherlands win a free-kick in a useful position.
52' OVER! Gakpo heads over from close range. Depay feeds the run of Blind down the left flank and he digs out a fine cross towards his team-mate in the middle. Gakpo rises unmarked, but fails to hit the target from six yards.
51' WIDE! Depay works the ball short to Berghuis and the forward takes on a left-footed strike that he places wide of the left post.
49' CLOSE! Ciganiks is played into space down the left flank and he bursts into the box. He fires a left-footed strike low and hard towards the bottom-right corner, but his attempt curls just past the post.
48' Jaunzems makes a surge into the box and goes down under pressure from De Jong, but the referee points only for a goal-kick. Good defending from the Barcelona man.
47' Uldrikis rises highest in th Netherlands box after the hosts win a corner down the right flank, but he cannot flick Savalnieks' cross towards the target.
46' We're back under way in this World Cup qualifying clash.
Louis van Gaal will be satisfied with the scoreline at the break, but he will be demanding more from his team in the second half to kill off the contest. They've dominated possession, but have not taken the game away from the hosts, which could have cost them. Look for the Oranje to discover their cutting edge in the second period.
Davy Klaassen has handed Netherlands a 1-0 lead over Latvia at the break in their World Cup qualifying clash. The visitors took the lead in the 19th minute when Klaassen produced a fine strike to connect with Memphis Depay's corner, steering a first-time effort into the back of the net. Latvia could have equalised, but Roberts Uldrikis and Andrejs Ciganiks were denied by last-ditch blocks from the Oranje, leaving them in front at the interval.
45' There will be one minute of added time.
45' CLOSE! Blind connects with a sublime half-volley after Depay's corner is cleared into the left-inside channel. The ball soars towards the target, but goes just the wrong side of the left post. A great attempt from the full-back.
44' The Oranje break with menance down the right flank and Berghuis slides a dangerous offload towards Dumfries, but he takes a poor first touch before Ciganiks clears behind.
42' Dubra repels another dangerous low cross from Berghuis into the middle, lunging with his left foot to scoop the ball away from the penalty area into touch.
41' Depay tries to carve out room for a strike in the left-inside channel, but he can only clip the ball into the hands of Ozols at his near post.
38' WIDE! Dumfries hangs a dangerous cross to the back post that Gakpo attacks. He does not get a clean connection on his header and it deflects off the shoulder of Savalnieks before travelling behind for a corner.
36' Berghuis slides an offload towards the run of Klaassen in the right-inside channel. The midfielder tries to carve out room for a strike, but Jurkovskis and Dubra are there to force the ball behind for a corner.
34' SAVE! Van Dijk gathers the loose ball after Ozols punches a cross from Depay out of the area. He feeds Berghuis on the edge of the box, who fires at goal first time on his left foot. His effort takes a deflection, but Ozols watches it all the way to make the stop.
33' A quick pass from Til releases Dumfries into the right-inside channel. He tries to fire a low cross into the middle, but Dubra clears behind on the slide.
31' Latvia are getting men behind the ball to frustrate the visitors. Van Gaal will be satisfied with the scoreline at the moment, but he will be looking for his side to up the ante before the break.
29' Netherlands have enjoyed 76.6% possession in the opening 29 minutes of the contest.
27' Netherlands have the lead and have dominated possession, but Latvia will feel that they should be level. The home side have lacked the clinical edge required in the final third to equalise.
25' CHANCES! Uldrikis and Jurkovskis just cannot connect with the ball in the Netherlands box after Kigurs opens up the defence. The midfielder drives forward and slides a throughball into the penalty area. Jurkovskis first tries to fire at goal, but he is denied by Dumfries before Uldrikis sees his strike on the slide blocked by Van Dijk.
23' There is space developing for Latvia on the counter, which is keeping Netherlands' full-backs on their toes.
21' OVER! Gakpo works the ball to Blind in the final third and the full-back goes for goal, only to fire his effort over the top.
20' KLAASSEN TO THE RESCUE! The midfielder scores at one end and denies the home side an equaliser at the other end. Lativa open up Netherlands at the back before Uldrikis squares an offload for Ciganiks to strike. He tries to curl an effort into the bottom-right corner, but is denied by the leg of Klaassen. Uldrikis latches on to the rebound and tries to force another effort towards goal, only to be denied by Klaassen on the slide.
M. Depay
19' Depay floats a good cross into the box from the right corner flag and sees Klaassen find the net from his delivery with a brilliant strike.
D. Klaassen
19' GOALLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLLL!!! KLAASSEN PRODUCES A SUBLIME FINISH!!! 1-0 NETHERLANDS!!! The midfielder latches on to Depay's corner and takes it first time out of the air, firing his volley past Ozols. Depay floats a cross deep to the back post where Klaassen stretches with his right foot. He steers his strike towards goal and it finds space amid a crowd of players to nestle into the back of the net.
18' Kigurs has to clear behind following another burst from Depay down the right flank. Netherlands have a corner.
17' Depay surges down the left flank and fends off the challenge of Savalnieks. He lifts a cross to the near post for Gakpo to attack, but Cernomordijs is alert to head it clear.
15' WIDE! Depay glances a header towards goal from a good cross from the left flank by Gakpo, but his effort trickles wide of the right post.
14' The home side are starting to get their foot on the ball to attempt to push Netherlands, but must make the most of their opportunities in possession.
12' Ciganiks tries to lift a cross into the box from the resulting free-kick, but his cross is cleared with ease. He goes get a second chance and Uldrikis knocks the ball back to Emsis to strike. However, the midfielder slices his effort well wide of the target.
11' Lativa stem the tide with a counter and Dumfries pulls down Ciganiks to hand the hosts a free-kick in Netherlands' half.
9' Depay's free-kick comes to nothing, but the black shirts have been dominant in the early stages. It seems it is a matter of when not if they open the scoring.
7' Zjuzins brings down Til on the left flank, handing the visitors a free-kick in a useful position.
5' Netherlands are dominating possession in the early stages of the game. The home side are struggling to cope with their movement.
4' Depay lines up a strike on his left foot after being teed up by Berghuis, but he places his attempt wide of the post.
3' Gakpo cuts inside from the left flank and feeds the run of Klaassen. The midfielder is unmarked in the box, but takes a poor first touch and can only poke a tame effort straight at Ozols.
1' We're under way in this World Cup qualifying clash.
The players are out on the field and we should be under way shortly.
Netherlands have made two changes to their side that beat Turkey in their last outing. Til comes into the side to replace Wijnaldum in the middle of the park, while Gakpo slots into the final third in place of the injured Steven Bergwijn.
Latvia have made three changes to their side from their goalless draw against Montenegro last time out. Kigurs comes into the side in the final third, which sees Uldrikis spearhead the attack. Jaunzems and Ciganiks also earn the call in supporting roles on the flanks.
NETHERLANDS SUBS: Jurrien Timber, Matthijs de Ligt, Tyrell Malacia, Noa Lang, Luuk de Jong, Tim Krul, Maarten De Roon, Ryan Gravenberch, Donyell Malen, Wout Weghorst, Teun Koopmeiners, Mark Flekken.
NETHERLANDS (4-3-3): Justin Bijlow; Denzel Dumfries, Stefan de Vrij, Virgil van Dijk, Daley Blind; Davy Klaassen, Frenkie de Jong, Guus Til; Steven Berghuis, Memphis Depay, Cody Gakpo.
LATVIA SUBS: Krisjanis Zviedris, Vladislavs Sorokins, Marcis Oss, Elvis Stuglis, Daniels Ontuzans, Vladislavs Fjodorovs, Igors Tarasovs, Raimonds Krollis, Kriss Karklins, Aleksejs Saveljevs, Rihards Matrevics.
LATVIA (4-2-3-1): Roberts Ozols; Roberts Savalnieks, Antonijs Cernomordijs, Kaspars Dubra, Raivis Andris Jurkovskis; Arturs Zjuzins, Eduards Emsis; Alvis Jaunzems, Martins Kigurs, Andrejs Ciganiks; Roberts Uldrikis.
Netherlands have an opportunity to press forward their surge towards the World Cup with a victory tonight. The Oranje were outstanding last time out in Group G to crush Turkey 6-1 on home soil after previously hammering Montenegro 4-0. Louis van Gaal has enjoyed an excellent return to the dugout and his team now have a great chance to edge their way closer to qualification.
Latvia are well off the pace in their bid to qualify for the World Cup, claiming only five points from their opening six matches. Dainis Kazakevics's men claimed a point last time out against Montenegro on the road, but their hopes in Group G are hanging by a thread. They need a surprise result from somewhere to boost their chances, putting a lot of pressure on the outcome of tonight's contest.
Good evening and welcome to the live commentary of the World Cup Group G qualifying clash between Latvia and Netherlands at the Daugavas Stadions.