The Netherlands international team has a golden chance to reduce the gap for qualifying for the Qatar Football World Cup in the qualifying match against Montenegro. But they conceded two goals in the last ten minutes and dropped two valuable points. They would have had a comfortable lead of four points over Norway and Turkey if they had won that game. In the last match of the qualifiers, they need a draw against Norway to qualify. But it will be challenging as the opponents will aim to get all the three points as Turkey and Norway have the same points. It’s going to be a tricky match for the Dutch. Soccer betting will be very much interesting in the Netherlands – Norway match.
Even during the disappointing match, one player impressed everyone in the games with his national team. Barcelona’s this season’s topscorer, Memphis Depay. He scored a brace against Montenegro. It was his fourteenth and fifteenth goals in the world cup qualifying matches. Before the game, Depay was just one goal behind the Dutch legends Robin van Persie and Ruud van Nistelrooy in the top scorers of the world cup qualifying rouns. He is the top scorer in the qualifying rounds and also the leading assist provider. He has scored ten goals in nine games and has provided six assists in total.
Memphis Depay has now equalled Arjen Robben and Dennis Bergkamp’s goal tally of 37 for the Dutch national team. He is just 13 away from becoming the all-time top scorer. The current top scorer is Robin van Persie, who has 50 goals in 102 matches. Earlier in September, he scored his first hattrick for the Dutch team and surpassed one of the best footballers of all time, Johan Cruyff.
In September, he was the joint eighth top scorer of the Netherlands national team. Within two months, he climbed up to the fourth position, and now he just needs three goals for being the third with Patrick Kluivert. If he can keep the current form, he will surely be the all-time top scorer of the Dutch team within three years. Overcoming all the Dutch legends and holding such a record will be delightful for the Barcelona attacker.
All these records were achieved in 2021 by Depay. After scoring two goals against Montenegro, he has had 54 goal contributions in total till now. It means that now he is equal with Lionel Messi in the goal contributions this year. The very impressive stat when we look at the names of the leading players in the goals + assists list.