After Ecuador’s inaugural victory against Qatar (2-0) in group A of the Qatari World Cup, the Netherlands crossed swords with Senegal, this Monday at 5 p.m. Absent from the last World Cup 2018, in Russia, and disappointing at Euro 2020, Louis Van Gaal’s men were keen to make a successful entry into the running. Lined up in 5-3-2, the Dutch formation, carried by Bergwijn and Janssen in attack, quickly took control of the ball but stumbled on a Senegalese selection powerless offensively but valiant defensively. Despite a slight scare provided by Frenkie De Jong at the start of the match, the Netherlands were, logically, held in check at the break.
When they returned from the locker room, the Batavians left with the same intentions but still lacked technical accuracy around the opponent’s area. If Van Dijk was ahead of Koulibaly on a corner, his header fled the frame of Mendy (53rd). Generally harmless, the Lions of Teranga, orphans of Sadio Mané, ended up despite everything by signaling themselves on the goal of Noppert. First on a tense cross from Diallo before Dia shines the last rampart of the Oranjes. In difficulty, the Netherlands bent but did not break, in particular thanks to a great Noppert, imperial against Idrissa Gueye (73rd). We had to wait for the last moments of this meeting to see the scoreboard evolve. On a cross from Frenkie De Jong, Gakpo emerged and placed a header that deceived Mendy (1-0, 84th). Despite a strike from Pape Gueye (85′), Senegal did not manage to come back in this meeting and the newcomer Klaassen finally completed the victory for his team (2-0, 90+9′). In the standings, the Netherlands come back up to Ecuador, the next opponent of the Batavians.
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