What a performance from both team? but Netherlands have thrashed Senegal 0-2 to record their first Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup game win.
Goals from Cody Gapko six minutes from the end and substitute Davy Klaassen in injury time rescued a drab game and gave Van Gaal’s men all the points.
Van Gaal’s side eventually found the breakthrough late.
Netherlands’ late double downs Senegal.
Cody Gakpo pounces late for Netherlands breakthrough.
Davy Klaassen adds late second for Dutch.
Louis van Gaal’s team face Ecuador on Friday, while Senegal tackle Qatar.
Cody Gakpo struck with six minutes remaining and Davy Klaassen scored deep into stoppage time to earn the Netherlands a precious victory from their opening FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022™ meeting with Senegal.
The game at Al Thumama Stadium appeared destined for stalemate when Frenkie de Jong swung a left-wing delivery beyond the Senegal backline.
PSV Eindhoven forward Gakpo timed his run perfectly, escaping the offside trap and arriving a fraction ahead of goalkeeper Edouard Mendy to apply a faint headed touch to steer the ball into the net.
Gakpo’s strike was the Netherlands’ first attempt on target, the best they’d managed until this point a brisk first-half break that ended with De Jong taking too long over his touch in the penalty area.
Senegal aimed 15 attempts at goal, but directed only four on target. Andries Noppert, the goalkeeper making his international debut, saved at the foot of his near post from Boulaye Dia at 0-0.
And when the African team tried to muster a response to Gakpo’s goal, Noppert was equal to Pape Gueye’s low blast.
And the Netherlands wrapped up the three points when Klaassen converted on the rebound after Mendy parried Memphis Depay’s low shot on the counter.
Group A - FIFA World Cup 2022
|Al Bayt in Al Khor City – November 20, 2022 4:00 pm|
|Al Thumama, Doha, Qatar – November 21, 2022 4:00 pm|
|Al Thumama, Doha, Qatar – November 25, 2022 1:00 pm|
|Ar-Rayyan, Aspire, Doha. – November 25, 2022 4:00 pm|
|Al Bayt in Al Khor City – November 29, 2022 3:00 pm|
|Ar-Rayyan, Aspire, Doha. – November 29, 2022 3:00 pm|