The Netherlands became the first side to qualify for the quarter-finals of this year’s World Cup after a fairly routine win over the United States.

After a slow start, Louis van Gaal’s side showed their tournament pedigree with an assured display spearheaded by a top-tier performance from Denzel Dumfries.

The Inter wing-back contributed two assists and a goal of his own, most likely giving Antonee Robinson nightmares for weeks to come.

By the time the first half came to a close, even the USA’s own fans seemed to see the writing on the wall.

Ever gracious in victory, the Dutch supporters wasted no time in poking fun at their opposite numbers with some brutal comments on Twitter.

It seemed that the USA’s insistence on calling it ‘soccer’ made them more than a few enemies, with fans all around the globe seizing their chance to rejoice at the Stars and Stripes’ downfall.

There was even time for some extremely dubious geography. Whether this was intended to mock the US or was actually a misguided attempt at showing support, we may never know.

The US might not have been able to bring their World Cup dreams to life in Qatar, but one thing is for certain: they certainly experienced a masterclass in good old-fashioned football fan tribalism.


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