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    Netherlands showcase flair of ‘Total Football’ in Round of 16 rout of Romania


    Dutch dazzle with flashes of their iconic style to reach Euro quarterfinals

    The Netherlands put on a vintage performance to defeat Romania 3-0 in their Round of 16 clash at Euro 2024. A standout feature of their victory was glimpses of the free-flowing “Total Football” philosophy that made them so renowned in the 1970s.

    Their opening goal was a classic example, starting from deep in their own half. A clever interchange between Xavi Simons and Cody Gakpo found the latter in ample space out wide. Gakpo demonstrated his dribbling skill and speed to cut inside and unleash a fierce Drive past the keeper.

    Upon closer inspection, the team's intricate movement seemed inspired by their iconic style. As play developed on the left, runners on the right drew defenders out of position. This created openings that were ruthlessly exploited. It was the type of well-coordinated, position-flexible play synonymous with their golden era.

    Simons particularly impressed in a playmaking role, orchestrating attacks with maturity beyond his years. Both goals came from his vision and quick decisions. His combinations with Gakpo recalled legendary Dutch duos of the past.

    Further goals from substitutes ensured a comfortable victory. However, it was this flash of “Total Football” that will live longest in the memory. With some tweaks to their attack, Netherlands appear capable of mounting a serious title challenge playing in this storied style. Under Koeman, they are rediscovering the verve of their most successful periods.

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