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- The Netherlands won their first World Cup game in Qatar in Group A against Senegal 2-0.
- The Europeans only get their goals late: Cody Gakpo scores in the 84th minute, Davy Klaassen in the 9th minute of stoppage time.
- The Dutch are catching up with leaders Ecuador in Group A.
For more than 83 minutes, the Netherlands did not fire a single shot at the Senegalese goal. The first was directly inside: because goalkeeper Edouard Mendy misjudged a cross and missed the ball, Cody Gakpo was able to head into the empty net.
The Dutch could not have complained beforehand if they had been left behind. Goalkeeper Andries Noppert made a great save in the 65th and 73rd minute on his national debut. First Boulaye Dia missed, then Idrissa Gueye missed from a central position. And even after conceding a goal, the West Africans held on: Pape Gueye forced Noppert to make the next save with a low shot.
Klaassen decides the game
Only in the 99th minute did the “Oranje” make the next goal attempt. After a Memphis Depay shot, Mendy was unlucky again: he let the ball bounce forward. Davy Klaassen ran there and pushed to make it 2-0.
For the Senegalese, the opening game of the World Cup ended very badly. They were at least even for long stretches, even closer to a goal midway through the second half. With a compact defense and a solid performance from the team, they brought the Netherlands close to losing a point.
The Dutch, on the other hand, are celebrating a successful World Cup comeback thanks to late goals – they missed the final four years ago. They share first place in Group A with Ecuador.
Here is how to proceed
The second day of the group stage begins for the teams in group A on Friday. Senegal faces the host Qatar starting at 2:00 p.m., while the Netherlands plays Ecuador at 5:00 p.m.
SRF two, sportlive, November 21, 2022, 4:30 p.m.; Sam
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