Denzel Dumfries was the star of the show in the Netherlands’ 3-1 win over the US in their World Cup Round of 16 clash.
The Inter wing back played the full 90 minutes of the Round of 16 match and shined for his country, scoring one goal and providing two assists to drive the Netherlands into the quarter-finals of the tournament. Dumfries completed 24 passes, made 70 touches and played eight passes into the final third, putting on a show in Qatar.
The Italian press lauded the work of Dumfries, with La Gazzetta dello Sport suggesting he was the “man of the match without the slightest doubt. He made two precise assists, saved a goal on the line and scored the one that closed the match. A sumptuous performance, like those at the European Championships, which he’s only showed at times at Inter.”
Tuttosport echoed these sentiments, praising his ability to produce for the Netherlands and play a leading role in the match, saying: “Focused in serving the assist that unblocked the match, he conceded the encore, confirming himself lethal for the opponents, scoring the goal, and generous for his teammates.”
Inter are willing to sell Dumfries next summer and his work at the World Cup has attracted the attention of clubs across Europe. Chelsea are seemingly leading the race to secure his signature, which could be worth more than €50m.
Dumfries’ ratings in the Italian newspapers:
La Gazzetta dello Sport: 8
Corriere dello Sport: 8.5
Corriere della Sera: 8