Football News: Gakpo Equals Ronaldo and Morata’s Record, Van Dijk Earns First Euros Win

In the world of football, Cody Gakpo has etched his name in the history books, equalling a record held by the legendary Cristiano Ronaldo and Alvaro Morata. The Dutch striker found the back of the net in the Netherlands’ 2-1 victory over Poland on Sunday afternoon, with substitute Wout Weghorst securing the winning goal late on.

Gakpo’s strike extended an impressive run, as he has now scored in each of the Netherlands’ last four group games at the European Championship and World Cup. This feat makes him the third European player this century to achieve such a milestone, joining the esteemed company of Ronaldo and Morata.

“Gakpo’s goal has cemented his place as one of the rising stars in European football.”

Facing Senegal, Ecuador, and Qatar at the 2022 World Cup, Gakpo found the net in each game, helping his nation top Group A. With this latest goal against Poland, he will be hoping to guide the Netherlands into the knockout stage of Euro 2024.

Virgil van Dijk, the Liverpool skipper, also made history in the match against Poland. At the age of 32, he earned his first-ever win at a European Championship, a remarkable achievement considering the Netherlands’ failure to qualify for Euro 2016 and Van Dijk’s absence from the 2020 tournament due to a cruciate ligament injury.

With fixtures against France and Austria coming up, Ronald Koeman’s side will be delighted to have three points already on the board as they compete in one of Euro 2024’s toughest groups. The Oranje will face France on Friday night, a match that can be listened to live on talkSPORT, with kick-off at 8 pm.

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