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  1. #4051

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    You really make this look like an occasion of all or nothing!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vrkh View Post
    You really make this look like an occasion of all or nothing!
    For the Netherlands reaching the final and then losing is 'nothing' - especially when it's the fourth time in history...

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    Good line up and a LOT of options on bench

    Scotland - unless a load of excellent regens then doesn't look much to be scared off

    Robbo on the bench?! - WTF?!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redknapp69 View Post
    Good line up and a LOT of options on bench

    Scotland - unless a load of excellent regens then doesn't look much to be scared off

    Robbo on the bench?! - WTF?!
    We'll wait and see. Scotland has been playing so incredibly well in this tournament while our squad is weakened and fatigued. Two of them under 90% and two of them 91%. We still have more individual class, though. We are still the favourites.

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    The 2026 World Cup Final



    Scotland v Netherlands - as it happened


    0 min: Welcome to BMO Field, the National Soccer Stadium in Toronto, where the 2026 World Cup Final is about to start! This is the very first time for Scotland to play in a World Cup final, but for the Netherlands it's already the fourth time! In 1974 the Dutch lost the final in Germany to the host country and four years later history repeated itself when the Netherlands lost the final in extra time in Argentina, also against the host country. And a little more recently, in 2010, the Dutch lost the World Cup final in Johannesburg, South Africa, where Spain defeated them (10) with a goal from Andrs Iniesta four minutes from the end of extra time!


    0 min: And so the big question is, will the Netherlands finally win the World Cup this time? Or will Scotland continue to surprise everyone? Can the Scots shock the football world tonight by winning the 2026 World Cup? Well, we do know one thing and that is that in football anything is possible!


    0 min: The Netherlands have made three changes to their usual lineup. Timothy Fosu-Mensah replaces the suspended Rick Karsdorp and Calvin Stengs will start as right winger, replacing Quincy Promes who has played at the top of his form in this tournament. And finally, Jurgen Ekkelenkamp will replace the fatigued Frenkie de Jong, who was quite anonymous in the semi-final.
    As for Scotland, they will play their usual 4-4-2 formation, but with 22-year-old Gary Ferguson rather than Ross McGregor alongside the experienced Oliver McBurnie (30). At least the Scottish fans are ready for it!



    0 min: And out come the players! Handshakes all around and were about set. The referee blows his whistle and the Netherlands get us underway!


    3 min: De Ligt comes forward with McBurnie in pursuit, but Burke hacks down Matthijs de Ligt! That's the first yellow card of the match already! It probably won't be the last, either. The free-kick is taken by Noa Lang...


    5 min: Tahith Chong tries his luck from distance, but the ball goes flying over the bar. There's little doubt in the minds of the Dutch fans who will win the World Cup tonight, though!



    11 min: Tierney sends the ball into the area and Watt makes the most of the overhit pass. Watt is free in the area! Blasted at the top corner by Watt, but Justin Bijlow saves well and holds the ball! That would have been a wonderful goal!



    19 min: Now what is this!? What was Marshall thinking? This is outrageous! If this was a diving contest Darren Marshall would have won! There was absolutely no-one near him!... Mr.Bna calls Marshall over... That's going to be a yellow card for him!


    23 min: Elliot Watt nods the ball to Scott McTominay... McTominay with superb chest control... He keeps going and continues into the penalty area... McTominay uses his strength to hold off De Ligt and he hits one right-footed! Bijlow can't gather it cleanly and McBurnie gets to the loose ball, but Bijlow goes down well to save! That was close!


    33 min: Burke flicks the ball past Chong and beats him for pace... Burke is shadowed by Malacia, but he floats the ball into the near post from the right and there is McBurnie with a powerful header! But he puts it high and wide! McBurnie was put under pressure by De Ligt, but Scotland is definitely the better team at this stage of the game!


    36 min: Fosu-Mensah with a long ball upfield... but that's poor awareness from Tahith Chong. He's been caught well offside. The Dutch have not created much yet.


    38 min: Bates chips the ball into the penalty area... Burke is in the open! Where's his marker? Burke right-footed!! But the ball goes flying over the bar!


    41 min: And there's Watt again! He chips the ball into the space ahead of Ferguson... Ferguson times his run to perfection...He's through... Blasted at the top corner by Ferguson! Bijlow can only parry it, but the ball is picked up by De Ligt, who clears the danger and the Netherlands survive the Scottish assault on their goal.


    44 min: It's almost half-time. Burke plays the ball upfield, looking for the run of McBurnie... Mc Burnie brings the ball into the area... He's looking to strike an arrow into the far corner, but to the relief of the Dutch fans it is saved in style by Justin Bijlow! The Dutch have much to thank their goalkeeper for!



    45 min: Half-time! Scotland are the better team, with the Netherlands relying on their solid defence. There have been tense moments for fans and players alike, but the Netherlands will have to do a lot better in the second half. They had only two shots on goal compared to the eight shots on goal produced by Scotland.



    46 min: Welcome back! We have started again here at BMO field and Scotland have kicked off this time...


    48 min: Lang barges McTominay in the back and the referee shows Lang the yellow card!


    52 min: Watt comes forward. He looks dangerous... Watt goes by Jordy Wehrmann and looks to jink past Kongolo, but the Dutch defender won't let go of Watt! That's another yellow card for the Dutch!


    53 min: Scotland are going to bring on a fresh pair of legs... O'Donnell is coming on to replace Bates..


    55 min: McKenna spots O'Donnell in the area and he lobs the ball in... O'Donnell loses his marker... O'Donnell! But it's just over the bar! What chance for O'Donnell!



    58 min: Scotland are bringing a fresh face into the game. McKenna is coming off to be replaced by Robertson.


    62 min: Ferguson takes on Matthijs De Ligt, who sticks out his leg and catches Fergusson. Sndor Bna reaches into his pocket and shows De Ligt the yellow card!


    63 min: Netherlands with a substitution. The yellow-carded Terence Kongolo is heading off the pitch and it's Stefan de Vrij who will replace him. Yet another Feyenoord defender!


    66 min: Scotland are ready to make their third substitution! It's as if they don't realise that the game might very go into extra time. But Kyle Smith is struggling so he is brought off and Alan Aitken is brought on....


    76 min: The Dutch are doing all they can; they are playing a lot better than in the first half but all they've had so far is a handful of long shots on goal. Nothing Luke Smith cannot handle. And there's Ferguson. He sends the ball near post from the right and it's Mc Burnie again with a glancing header! And McBurnie was close there! The ball skimmed the top of the bar! The best scoring chances are still for Scotland.



    81 min: A crisp pass to the right finds O'Donnell... O'Donnell slows down as he looks for a runner... He lofts the ball forward and McTominay is first to the loose ball.. McTominay with a positive run... He blasts it from distance, but he was put under pressure by Fosu-Mensah and he puts it well over the bar! Ten minutes remaining.


    86 min: Jordy Wehrmann plays the ball to Noa Lang, who decides not to shoot. Lang looks for Malacia, who centers the ball, but Ferguson heads the ball upfield. However, it's Stefan de Vrij who gets to the loose ball first and he sends the ball back into the area where Vente looks to pick up the ball now and he strikes an arrow into the top corner, but Smith dives to his right and pushes it away! A fantastic save, but Ekkelenkamp goes for the follow up! And it's a goal for the Netherlands! The Netherlands have scored! Ekkenlenkamp runs with his arms out wide! With four minutes remaining the Dutch have scored!!



    86 min: Not too much time remaining for Scotland as Steng slides in on McBurnie. Mc Burnie falls to the ground! The referee awards Scotland a free-kick. Aitken sends over the free-kick.... Robertson controls the ball... Ekkelenkamp is penalised for a trip on Robertson. And it's a yellow card...


    90 min: Just two minutes of added time. Time is quickly running out for Scotland!


    92 min: And it's all over! The Scottish fans still can't believe they have lost the game...


    But the Dutch fans are in seventh heaven now! They have waited long enough. For the first time in history the Netherlands have won the World Cup!




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    VICTORYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYYY!!!!!!

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    No game screenshots?

    A scripted tournament win to cap off the story

    Go have a beer - well deserved!

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    Have any of your other stories had such a perfect end? I never doubted you! Well done

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redknapp69 View Post
    No game screenshots?

    A scripted tournament win to cap off the story

    Go have a beer - well deserved!
    Game details will follow later. This is not the time to sit and write match reports; it's time for beer and celebrations! Therefore decided to post the Guardian's min-to-min report here!

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    And the celebrations will be big

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    Big win and a great end of this story!

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    We are the World Cup winners!

    We are all still having a bit of a headache, obviously, but who cares? We are the 2026 World Cup winners!!!



    The minute-to-minute report in The Guardian was accurate enough. Scotland enjoyed most of the ball possession and they had more shots on goals than we had. But those stats are also misleading, because it was sheer individual class which made the difference and Bijlow, Malacia, De Ligt and Wehrmann deserved more credit than they received. But then again, The Guardian is understandably a little biased.
    Spoiler!

    Jurgen Ekkelenkamp was over the moon with his goal - and rightly so! Jurgen has created history as the first player to score on his international debut in a World Cup final! The winning goal, no less!

    Tyrell Malacia was named Man of the Match, though. Tyrell has received a lot of praise from the Media and he absolutely deserves it!



    This has been some tournament and there have been so many shock results; and while we are still celebrating, elsewhere fans are in deep mourning and drastic measure are already being taken...








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    Wahahhahahahahahaha - Scotland destroyed you

    But 1 stat matters

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    Time for a holiday...

    It's time for a long holiday! The Prodigal Sons have won the Dutch title four years in a row now and although their European campaign ended prematurely again, they shone at the 2026 FIFA World Cup tournament!

    Because of his injury, Naoufal Bannis never got the chance to show his class at that level, but Justin Bijlow, Tyrell Malacia, Terence Kongolo, Stefan de Vrij, Rick Karsdorp, Jordy Wehrmann, Tahith Chong, Noa Lang and Dylan Vente all got game time. At one point eight of them played in the same game, in addition to Joshua Zirkzee!

    And so now it's time for a well-deserved holiday!

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    1926?!

    Congrats on another fine story

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redknapp69 View Post
    1926?!

    Congrats on another fine story
    Too much of the good stuff... and thanks!

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    Robbed

    Sulking.

    Rubbish story
    The artist formally known as The Eejit

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kingsley View Post
    Robbed

    Sulking.
    In the Netherlands we know the feeling! We had lost the final three times!

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