World Cup 2022: Memphis Depay continues incredible scoring streak for Netherlands with USA strike

Memphis Depay celebrates his goal for Netherlands against USA at the 2022 World Cup.
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Memphis Depay has continued his impressive scoring streak for the Netherlands with his goal against USA in the teams' World Cup last-16 clash on Saturday.

Depay has been questioned for his form at Barcelona and has struggled with thigh injuries this season, but the former Manchester United attacker handed a boost to Oranje coach Louis van Gaal with his return to full fitness in time to start against Qatar on Tuesday.

The 28-year-old was named in the starting XI again for the knockout game against USA and opened the scoring with a typically clinical finish after 10 minutes as he swept in a low shot with his right foot following a pass from Denzel Dumfries.

It was Depay's 22nd goal in his last 24 appearances for the Netherlands and is the most important one yet.

Depay's first two goals for the Netherlands came at the 2014 World Cup, against Australia and Chile, but the Oranje failed to qualify for Russia 2018.

This latest strike takes him ahead of Klaas-Jan Huntelaar to 43 goals for the Dutch national team and he is now just seven behind their all-time leading scorer Robin van Persie, who netted 50 times for the Oranje.

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Weekend editor

Ben Hayward is Weekend Editor for FourFourTwo. A European football writer with over 15 years’ experience, he has covered games all over the world - including three World Cups, several Champions League finals, Euros, Copa América - and has spent much of that time in Spain. He currently divides his time between Barcelona and London.