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BBC Viewers Were Driven Mad By Martin Keown During Netherlands-USA

BBC Viewers Were Driven Mad By Martin Keown During Netherlands-USA
By Gary Connaughton Updated
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The Netherlands have booked their place in the quarter-finals of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, comfortably defeating the USA in their last-16 clash this afternoon.

It was a game for the purists, with very little on offer in terms of entertainment value despite the goals. The Dutch took the lead in the game inside the opening ten minutes, with Memphis Depay finishing off a strong team move.

When Daley Blind added a second just before the interval, there was a sense that the result had already been settled.

That proved to be the case. Despite needing at least two goals in the second half, the USA never mounted any sort of attacking threat. While they would manage one fortunate goal to get back into the game, a third from their opponents a few moments later ended the match as a contest.

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The Dutch completely took the sting out of the game, slowing down the pace of play and not allowing their opponents to build any sort of momentum.

In short, it wasn't exactly the most pleasing on the eye.

Martin Keown criticised for commentary in Netherlands vs USA

The match was not an exciting one, although viewers of the BBC would probably point out that the commentary for the game didn't help in this regard.

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Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown was in the booth as a co-commentator and he seemed to suck what little life there was out of the game.

The Englishman spent most of the match complaining about both teams, also offering some baffling tactical 'insights'. He continually criticised the USA for not playing the ball out wide, only to then say they were getting no joy out there when they did.

Keown would use some very odd analogies over the course of the 90 minutes, including saying that the Americans were approaching the game 'with handcuffs on' and were 'playing walking chess'.

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Overall, the public weren't exactly thrilled with his contributions.

Damning.

When it came to the USA's goal, viewers couldn't believe that Keown thought that Haji Wright actually meant that finish.

Here's hoping we don't see him on duty for the final.

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