Qatar 2022: What happens if the Netherlands and the USMNT tie in the round of 16?

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On Saturday, the Khalifa International Stadium will host the first match of the Round of 16 of the World Cup 2022, featuring the Netherlands and the United States. Here, check out what would happen if the match ends in a draw.

The USA Men’s National Team had a tough time getting out of Group B, but they made it and will face the Netherlands in the Round of 16 at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. Having avoided such big hitters as Brazil, Argentina, Spain, France, and others, their clash with a European powerhouse with World Cup experience is indeed rather rewarding.

In winning Group A, Louis van Gaal’s side extended their remarkable streak of reaching the last eight at every World Cup since 1934. They have advanced to this round in every World Cup since 1934 (except 1990 and 2006). The Oranje also remained unbeaten in the group stage, although at times they struggled to maintain their strength.

On the other hand, Gregg Berhalter’s team showed they can perform well under pressure with a decisive victory over Iran in a winner-takes-all match. Both sides have a decent chance of progressing to the quarter-finals and despite the bookies favoring the Netherlands, it should be a close game.

What would happen if the Netherlands and the USMNT tie in the Qatar 2022 Round of 16?

It’s a one-game format in the World Cup’s Knockout Round, starting from the Round of 16 and ending with the Final. That implies there is no opportunity to attempt to win the series by taking game two at their home stadium. An error of any kind will have disastrous consequences.

If at the end of regular time in the Netherlands vs USMNT clash in the World Cup, the score is tied, the sides would play two 15-minute periods of extra time. If the score still remains tied, the team that will go into the Quarter-Finals will be decided by penalties. All games in the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, from the last 16 onwards and including the Final, will use this tiebreaker method.

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