In his global Cup debut, Cody Gakpo scored inside the 84th minute to place the Netherlands beforehand of Senegal.
The goal that distinguished the Dutch on Monday came late, in opposition to the run of play and after numerous missed chances. But it granted them victory although towards a cussed Senegalese side that demonstrated, even without the ahead Sadio Mane, the high-quality to emerge from a rugged group A.
The Netherlands leads that group after escaping Al Thumama Stadium as 2-zero winners over Senegal, going ahead in the 84th minute on a slick header by way of the ascending big name Cody Gakpo, who timed his run across the field flawlessly to glance a skip from Frenkie de Jong into the net.
In the very last seconds of damage time, inside the 99th minute, Davy Klaassen assured that the Dutch would live atop organization A with Ecuador, which defeated Qatar on Sunday, via pouncing on a rebound.
An thrilling, eventful first 1/2, loaded with Dutch possibilities, gave way to a lethargic stretch after halftime that, until Gakpo’s purpose, had tilted toward Senegal. Andries Noppert, the Dutch goalkeeper making his country wide crew debut, became apart a Boulaye Dia shot from the field and, in the 73rd, deflected a wicked strike from Idrissa Gana Gueye to preserve the game scoreless.
Memphis Depay, hampered via a balky hamstring, subbed in for Vincent Janssen within the 62nd minute, giving the Netherlands extra first-class up front as they pressed for a intention. However the Dutch attack fizzled, became returned by means of a stout Senegalese backline.
Inside the first 45 minutes, there was plenty of adventure (and orange) inside the Senegal end, in which continual probing from the Dutch generated several scoring possibilities, if now not an actual shot on purpose. Their width was imposing, and penetrating.
The nice risk of the first half of, although, got here from the Senegalese ahead Ismaila Sarr, who, inside the absence of Mane, provided attacking prowess. Sarr whipped a curling proper-footed shot that, if not for the top of centerback Virgil van Dijk, appeared headed for the corner.