The Dutch booked their ticket to Qatar with a 2-0 victory over Norway as goals from Steven Bergwijn and Memphis Depay gave them the crucial win.And one man who was over the moon to have qualified was Liverpool centre-back Virgil van Dijk as he sang and danced with the rest of his squad.
The 30-year-old celebrated making his FIRST international tournament with his country.
This is because Holland failed to qualify for the 2018 World Cup before the defender then went on to miss out on this summer’s European Championships through injury.
Van Dijk was seen in the dressing room with a glass in his hand as he partied with his ecstatic team-mates.
Meanwhile, manager Louis van Gaal could also be seen getting involved in the party atmosphere despite being consigned to a wheelchair.
Van Gaal has been wheelchair-bound since falling off his bike and injuring his hip on Sunday night.But that did not stop him from watching his side from the stands as they beat Norway to reach the World Cup finals.And he was front and centre for a picture taken of the entire squad as the beaming smiles were on show from everyone involved.
The Dutch have finished second and third in each of the last two World Cups they have gone to.
In 2010, they lost in the final to Spain as Andreas Iniesta’s extra-time goal sank their hopes of winning the tournament for the first time.
Then four years later they were beaten on penalties in the semi-final by Argentina before winning the third-place play-off 3-0 against hosts Brazil.HAALAND HEARTBREAK
Meanwhile, Erling Haaland was missing for Norway’s loss to Holland through injury and his absence ultimately proved costly.
Norway laboured to a goalless draw with Latvia on Saturday, meaning they realistically needed to beat Netherlands to qualify.
And with Norway’s defeat and Turkey edging out Montenegro 2-1, Haaland’s compatriots were bumped out of a play-off place as they failed to qualify for the World Cup.