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AFCON Champion Senegal Lose World Cup First Game To Netherlands

 

Senegal’s chances of progressing to the second round of the ongoing Qatar 2022 World Cup are threatened following the defeat to Netherlands in their opening game yesterday.
A pair of late goals from Cody Gakpo and Davy Klaassen helped Netherlands secure a 2-0 victory over African champions in Group A second match.

Netherlands were dominant but wasteful in the first half at the Al Thumama Stadium, and lacked threat for much of the second half until Gakpo nodded in a deep cross on 85 minutes. Klassen added a second in the final minute of the match to ensure Louis van Gaal’s side enjoyed a positive start to their campaign.

Senegal, without injured key forward Sadio Mane during the competition, looked like a side missing their main attacking threat but can take confidence from the number of times they troubled the Dutch defence.

There was a risk both sides would leave the Al Thumama Stadium with a sense of frustration before Gakpo’s header finally broke the deadlock.
Senegalese fans brought colour, dance and unwavering drum-banging, often silencing the Oranje masses, but despite an explosive start to the match on the pitch, it fizzled out as the game wore on.

Watford winger Ismaila Sarr had shone on the left for the African champions in the first half, while De Jong controlled the tempo and dictated play for the Netherlands.
Neither goalkeeper, though, had been tested by half-time. The Dutch who had wasted two glorious chances – Barcelona’s De Jong taking too long to shoot after Gakpo had been selfless when he should have had an attempt himself.

But chances began to fall as the final whistle drew closer.
Senegal’s Boulaye Dia and Idrissa Gueye came close, while the Netherlands captain Virgil van Dijk headed a good chance over the bar from a Gakpo corner.

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