Doha: Netherlands scored twice within the remaining minutes by means of Cody Gakpo and substitute Davy Klaassen to beat Senegal 2-0 of their World Cup Group A match at Al Thumama Stadium on Monday.
The Dutch, who missed out on the 2018 World Cup, seemed to be heading for a scrappy goalless draw after losing a number of good possibilities however man-of-the-match Gakpo beat keeper Edouard Mendy and nod in a deep Frenkie De Jong cross with the again of his head.
Senegal’s goalkeeper Edouard Mendy thwarts Netherlands’ ahead Vincent Janssen . Picture: AFP/Glyn Kirk
Klaassen then pounced on a weak Mendy save to attain on the rebound 9 minutes into stoppage time.
The Dutch be part of Ecuador, 2-0 winners over Qatar on Sunday, on three factors on the high of the group and the highest two meet on Friday.
Netherlands’ Steven Bergwijn and Senegal’s Nampalys Mendy battle for possesion. Picture: AFP/Manan Vatsyayana
The 23-year-old Gakpo, who has now scored three targets in his final 4 internationals, had their first alternative after 4 minutes however tried to sq. the ball to Steven Bergwijn as an alternative of going for objective.
That was adopted by a Daley Blind header on the far put up that flew vast earlier than Steven Berghuis despatched Bergwijn by means of and he laid it off for the unmarked De Jong within the field.
The midfielder took far too lengthy to launch the ball, nonetheless, and his effort was blocked.
Senegal’s Ismaila Sarr and Netherlands’ Matthijs de Ligt vie for the ball. Picture: Reuters/Dylan Martinez
The African champions have been badly lacking injured talisman Sadio Mane and didn’t handle a shot on course till the sixty fifth minute when Boulaye Dia’s tried to sneak one previous goalkeeper Andries Noppert, making his Dutch debut, from a decent angle.
Senegal had a bit extra possession within the second half however regardless of the relentless drumming from their small fan group within the stands couldn’t discover the again of the web.
To make issues worse, Cheikhou Kouyate needed to be taken off injured earlier than Gakpo snuck in to grab the opening objective.
Klaassen made positive of the three factors with a tap-in in stoppage time after Mendy palmed a Memphis Depay shot into his path.
The Dutch are actually undefeated in 16 matches below coach Louis van Gaal. In addition they stretched an unbeaten file of their opening recreation at World Cups that dates again to 1938.