Netherlands stars celebrate World Cup qualification in style and Liverpool star Virgil Van Dijk could finally play in first finals thanks to Tottenham fringe star Steven Bergwijn

Stars of the Netherlands national team have been able to celebrate their qualification for the Qatar 2022 World Cup in jubilant fashion thanks to Tottenham winger Steven Bergwijn.

The Netherlands’ chances of making the tournament took a surprise hit in the first of their two qualifiers this international break, giving up a 2-0 lead against Montenegro to draw 2-2.

The Netherlands World Cup chances were thrown into huge doubt when they gave up a 2-0 lead against Montenegro
But Tottenham winger Bergwijn was the hero, securing a spot in Qatar with a goal and assist

The result opened the door for Norway to leapfrog the Dutch into first place in group G with a head to head clash in the final matchday, presenting Turkey with the opportunity to also steal top spot.

Without Erling Haaland, Norway struggled to create anything against the Dutch, failing to register a shot on target, spending the game in their own box turning away crosses.

Eventually though, some chaotic Norwegian defending allowed Arnaut Danjuma to find Bergwijn in plenty of space in the penalty area, and he smashed home an emphatic breakthrough goal in the 84th minute.

With the pressure then fully on Norway, the Dutch finished the tie with a rapid stoppage-time counter attack that allowed Bergwijn to unselfishly square the ball to Memphis Depay for a tap-in.

Wheelchair-bound van Gaal joined the celebrations after his cycling accident
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Goals from Depay and Bergwijn sealed a spot at the World Cup
The Dutch changing room was full of delight

The stadium was empty due to lockdown in the Netherlands, but the Oranje were in full celebration mode post-match, singing ‘Viva Hollandia’ in the changing room, later to be joined by their enigmatic manager.

Former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal took over the reins from the much-maligned Frank de Boer earlier this year, but was unable to attend a pre-match press conference, as well as manage on the touchline.

The 70-year-old had injured himself in a cycling accident when travelling back to the team hotel, which clearly tickled team captain Virgil van Dijk.

van Gaal had to manage from the touchline after his fall, which van Dijk found rather amusing
The Liverpool star was overjoyed at the potential of his first international tournament

Liverpool defender van Dijk was as over the moon as anyone with the result, having missed Euro 2020 through an injury that kept him out of the majority of the 2020-21 season.

“Finally we have qualified,” he said “Finally! I’m so happy, I’m so proud of the team.”

If he is selected, the 2022 World Cup will be his first international tournament, aged 31.