Cody Gakpo and substitute Davy Klaasen gave the Netherlands a 2-0 victory over Senegal in the second match on Monday.
In the 84th minute of the Group A match at Al Thumama Stadium, Gakpo rose to head in a cross from Frenkie de Jong for the Netherlands’ first shot on goal. Klaasen added a second goal at the end of eight minutes of stoppage time by tapping in after Memphis Depay’s shot was weakly blocked by Edouard Mendy.
The orange-clad Dutch fans were subdued until the late goals, as Senegalese drums and chants dominated the stadium for the majority of the game. Without the injured forward Sadio Mane, Senegal was unable to convert any of its scoring opportunities.
In his first international match for the Netherlands, goalkeeper Andries Noppert made three impressive saves to deny the Senegalese.
Netherlands’ players ratings
Andries Noppert – 8
Denzel Dumfries – 6.1, Matthijs de Ligt – 6.8, Virgil Van Dijk – 7.1, Nathan Ake – 7, Daley Blind – 7.1
Steven Berghuis – 6.5, Frenkie de Jong – 7.7, Cody Gakpo – 7.8,
Steven Bergwijn – 6.6, Vincent Janssen – 6.9
Memphis Depay – 6.7, Davy Klaasen – 7.3, Teun Koopmeiners – 6.5
Frenkie De Jong pulled the strings at the heart of the Dutch midfield with 80 touches,1 assist, 2 key passes, 52/61 accurate passes, 8/10 duels wons.
Next step for the Oranjes
A good win for the Dutch team, giving more trust in the team. With Depay starting in the next match, the team can be more dangerous infront. His presence was felt after entering the game in the 62th minute