Memphis Depay finished off a superb move to open the scoring in the 10th minute and Daley Blind made it two at Khalifa International Stadium just before half-time. The US threatened a comeback when Haji Wright pulled one back in the 76th minute but Denzel Dumfries ensured it was the Dutch that progressed to the last eight with their third five minutes later. Louis Van Gaal named an unchanged side from the one that beat Qatar in their final group match while Walker Zimmerman and Jesus Ferreira came in for the US.
Brazil cruised into the quarter-finals of the World Cup as they hammered South Korea 4-1 at Stadium 974. Only once have Brazil lost a last-16 match at football’s biggest tournament, and an absolutely ruthless opening 36 minutes ensured that tally never looked like being doubled. First-half goals from Vinicius Jr, Neymar, Richarlison and Lucas Paqueta blew South Korea away, and meant Brazilian fans did not have to wait long before they could start making plans for the quarter-final clash against Croatia on Friday.
Beal signed a five-year, $251,019,650, contract during the off-season after much speculation about his future with the Wizards. While Beal was always expected to commit to the Wizards, there were some rumours that he could move elsewhere, like the Miami Heat or Boston Celtics. It is one of the biggest contracts in NBA history, and involves a no-trade clause, which means he has the chance to veto any potential trade he is involved in.
In another fine campaign for the Godolphin handler, he completed the unprecedented feat of saddling the winners of the English, Irish and French 2000 Guineas in the same year, while he also notched up three Royal Ascot successes and was the leading trainer at the Qatar Goodwood Festival. Appleby has produced 150 wins from 478 runners in the UK this season, including 18 winners at Group level and three Group Ones, which includes Coroebus' success in the opening Classic of the 2022 campaign. The Moulton Paddocks handler has banked over £6.2million in prize money, with his nearest challenger William Haggas conceding defeat ahead of Appleby receiving the trophy at the annual HWPA Derby Awards in London on Monday.
After beating Germany in the team's opener, Japan worked their way into the Round of 16 of the World Cup on Thursday by defeating Spain 2-1 – the same margin by which they pipped the four-time world champions.