The Netherlands beat Wales 2-1 in a Nations League match on Wednesday in Cardiff. Wout Weghorst scored a dramatic goal that ended Wales’ World Cup party and broke their 19-game home unbeaten streak.
Wales will go to the World Cup for the first time in 64 years in November when they go to Qatar. They beat Ukraine 1-0 in the play-off final on Sunday.
But Robert Page’s team, which will face the United States, Iran, and England in the group stage in Qatar, fell back to earth with a bump as they lost their second straight Nations League Group A4 game after losing in Poland last week.
Rhys Norrington-Davies tied the game for Wales in stoppage time after Teun Koopmeiners scored early in the second half. This made for a very exciting end to the game.
With just seconds left, Burnley striker Weghorst sealed the win for the Netherlands, ending Wales’s longest home unbeaten streak in history.
Wales lost in front of their own fans for the first time since November 2018. However, the fact that they qualified for the World Cup should help them get over Weghorst’s winning goal quickly.
“It was a tough match. Gareth Bale, the captain of Wales, said, “We didn’t have our full-strength team.”
“They’re a world-class team, and we should be playing the best to see how good we are.
“The boys who came on worked very hard to get the equalizer, so it was heartbreaking to lose after that.” We have to learn how to do it, maybe the dark arts of bringing him down.”
It was the Netherlands’ second Nations League win in a row. On Friday, they beat Belgium badly.
The Dutch haven’t lost in 11 games and haven’t lost since Louis van Gaal took over for the third time in August. They have also qualified for the World Cup.
Wales’s players were seen having a wild night out on Sunday to celebrate their historic qualification, so it was no surprise that Page made seven changes, including resting Bale and Aaron Ramsey.
Norrington-Davies missed a cross from Chris Mepham, and then Netherlands goalkeeper Mark Flekken tried to clear the ball away from Daniel James, but it went wide.
When Wales was ahead, Flekken made a good save on Harry Wilson’s free-kick. He also stopped James’ curling shot.
Cody Gakpo’s shot just before halftime almost gave the Netherlands the lead against the run of play, but it went just wide.
It was a warning that Wales didn’t listen to, and in the 50th minute, the Dutch made them pay for it.
Jerdy Schouten found Koopmeiners in space, and from 18 yards away, the Atalanta midfielder fired a low shot past Adam Davies.
Bale came on for the last 12 minutes, and his presence gave Wales a boost. In stoppage time, Norrington-Davies scored his first goal for Wales by heading in a cross from Connor Roberts.
But in the 94th minute, Wales got a nasty surprise.
The cross from Tyrell Malacia found Weghorst, who wasn’t marked, perfectly, and his diving header gave the Netherlands a dramatic win.