Qatar World Cup: 5 things we learned on Day 14 - the score

REUTERS - CARL RECINE

The Dutch show the Americans the importance of putting the ball in the net and Australia succumb to the wonders of Messi.

Moment to go?

Might United States coach Gregg Berhalter be on his way after just over four years in charge of the squad? He's led them to the 2021 Concacaf Gold Cup and the last-16 at the 2022 World Cup where the 3-1 defeat to the Netherlands showed them what's needed to develop as a major footballing force: score more goals than the opposition. "For the last month or so I've been only focused on the World Cup and focused on achieving things with this group and in the next couple of weeks I'll sit down and think about what's next."

Moments to come

United States coach Gregg Berhalter may well depart. If he does, there's a clear line of where to progress. Up front. The United States dominated the ball against the Netherlands but could not crystallise that supremacy with goals. "I think we're a difficult team to play because of the intensity of how we play and the ball movement," explained Berhalter. "But when you look at the difference between us and the Netherlands, there was some offensive finishing quality that they had and we didn't ... but we have a young group and that's stuff is going to come."

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