At the end of the first balanced match of this World Cup, as part of the first day of Group A, the attractive Senegal faced the Netherlands (0:2) this Monday at the Al-Thumama Stadium! How hard it is for the Lions of Tranga…
Sngal cracked at the end of the match with Oranje …
A balanced first match, finally! Following Qatar-Ecuador (0-2) and England-Iran (6-2), Senegal and the Netherlands topped Group A on Monday. Oranje (2-0) just before extra time.
But nothing is done in this group: Even without a man, the Lions of Trang proved that they should be trusted during the World Cup. provided they fix the efficiency issues quickly…
Senegal’s great first period
Despite being without their best player throughout the entire competition, the Senegalese started the match very well. Dominating midfield and rarely troubled at the back, they failed to threaten Noppert during the first move, except for a few interesting situations twice for Dia, Ciss, Diatta or Sarr.
A different observation for the Dutch: despite the dominance of the reigning African champions in the first 45 minutes, Louis van Gaal’s men still managed to open the scoring thanks to two big chances. But Gakpo mistimed a back cross for Bergwijn in the first, and De Jong was very cool in front of the opposition cage in the second…
Gakpo buys the Senegalese!
A change of pace on the way back from the locker room. The Senegalese retreated, while the Orangemen rose to regain control of the hide. It could have resulted in a goal for Van Dijk, but the centre-back miscued his header. Aliou Ciss’s men suffered two heavy blows: Diallo went off injured and Kouyat – in tears – followed suit minutes later…
Hard punches and a blow to the head? Not now. Because it was I. Gueye who almost opened the scoring after the first big chance for Dia until he found the gloves of Noppert! Despite the injuries, in a strong moment, Senegal ended up … cracked. Gakpo took advantage of Mendy’s poor performance in a millimeter pass from De Jong and opened the scoring (0-1, 84th)!
Klaassen drives the point home
And it is unfortunately not over for the Senegalese. After a light start, a nice strike from P. Gueye and a couple of corners, Koulibaly’s partners left a lot of space at the back and Depay took the opportunity to force Mendy to push his shot back… right at the feet of Klaassen at the break after extra time (0-2, 90 + 9th)! How hard it is for the Lions of Tranga…
Match Score: 7/10
After Qatar-Ecuador (0-2) and England-Iran (6-2), we witnessed the first balanced game of this World Cup. And we did well because we had a real World Cup match between two very good teams. Of course, not as many goals as at 14:00, but better quality football and great tension.
– Depay finds De Jong 25 yards out. “Barcelona” midfielder turns to Gakpo (0-1, 84th), who takes advantage of Mendy’s poor performance and scores with a header.
– On the counter-attack, Depay takes a chance in the area and sees Mendy’s shot pushed back directly at Klaassen’s feet (0-2, 90 + 9th)!
Maxifoot assigned a score (out of 10) to each player.
Man of the Match: Frenkie de Jong (7.5/10)
De Jong, who was the author of a brilliant first period, finally scored the first goal of the Gakpo side with a millimeter cross to lead his team to victory. We can blame the Barcelona midfielder for a few dangerous loose balls or a big chance he missed in the first move, but what a talent…
Edouard Mendy (3): Being a suspect Chelsea, the Senegalese goalkeeper can blame himself for the two goals conceded. He completely misses his aerial release in the first and leaves the ball too easily at Klaassen’s feet in the second… A very bad start to the World Cup for him.
Youssouf Sabaly (5): Considered the most unreliable player in the starting XI, the former Bordeaux player made a good start, letting the (very) hot ball into the area after the Gakpodan centre-back. He certainly showed some restraint, but he didn’t deserve it.
Kalidou Koulibaly (6): In the absence of the Captain Man, the centre-back performed well despite conceding two late goals in a match where he had little to do.
Pape Ciss (5): An expected replacement, the centre-back made a great first move… before disappointing in the second half. In Holland’s first goal, he strangely didn’t put Gakpo in the box and it was costly to forget…
Abdou Diallo (6): expected in central defense, the ex-Parisian was quite attractive on the left, whether in attack or defence, despite Gakpo. Finally, in the 62nd minute, he was released from injury and replaced Ishmael Jacobs (no)finally settled his pre-game administrative concerns.
Cheikhou Kouyat (7): undoubtedly one of the best players in Senegal today. In midfield, Kouyat did a tremendous job, especially in the first period, to allow his side to win the battle in midfield. Finally, in the 73rd minute, he left with an injury and was replaced Papa Gueye (no).
Nampalys Mendy (5): Like Kouyat, Mendy had a tremendous debut. Unfortunately, we saw little of him in the second half.
Idrissa Gueye (4): still important in terms of leadership, the ex-Parisian was absent on Monday. After a spell spent mostly on the left, he never found his footing. And what a nightmare with set pieces!
Ismala Sarr (7): One of the best Senegalese players today with Kouyat. When he found himself on the left, Sarr put De Ligt through hell and was behind his team’s most dangerous moves.
Boulaye Dia (5): A difficult matchup for Dia, who couldn’t really exist against Van Dijk, apart from an attempted strike in the second half. Substitute in the 69th minute Bamba Dieng (no)the author of any one enters the game.
Crepin Diatta (4): The Monaco striker was forced to replace Man on the left wing. so much so that Sarr quickly switched his side, but didn’t really help improve Diatta’s game, which showed boundaries. Substitute in the 74th minute Nicolas Jackson (no).
Andries Noppert (6): four stops to make, made four stops. This is how we can summarize Noppert’s very serious and diligent match.
Denzel Dumfries (5): still focused forward, Inter Milan’s right piston had space in the centres. Defensively, he also suffered against Sarr.
Matthijs De Ligt (4): Bayern Munich centre-back had a very complicated match-up with Sarr in his unloved back three. He leaves with a yellow card and we can say he’s fine…
Virgil Van Dijk (6.5): Liverpool’s centre-back was once again very solid, still performing well in the Dutch selection. In the first period, he blocked absolutely everything, including Sarr’s kick … to the skull. In the second half, he could have opened the scoring, but he missed his header.
Nathan Ak (5): The Netherlands suffered badly in the opening act and Van Dijk must have felt very alone as neither De Ligt nor Ak could calm theirs down. Unlike the “Bavaria” defender, the “Manchester City” player was better after the break.
Daley Blind (5): he was placed in a piston position that he no longer seems to have fully mastered, but the left side did not die. He certainly suffered from the speed of the Senegalese forwards, but he was also interested in attack.
Frenkie De Jong (7.5): see above.
Cody Maths Gakpo (7): Struggled with Gakpo Diallo, who was exiled on the left wing in the first period, but he offered some interesting passes to his teammates. He finally used a millimeter to mark De Jong, who opened the scoring late in the game. Replace with 90+4th minute Marten de Roon (no).
Steven Berghuis (5): The Dutch struggled against the Senegalese in the first period, and Berghuis’ timid first 45 minutes is part of the explanation. Substitute in the 79th minute Teun Koopmeiners (no).
Vincent Janssen (5): still technically sound, the Antwerp striker suffered from a clear lack of physicality against rough Senegal defenders. Substitute for the 62nd minute Memphis Depay (no)participated in both goals of his team.
Steven Bergwijn (5): More mobile than Janssen, Bergwijn was often found by his teammates, but there was some waste in his passing. Substitute in the 79th minute Davy Klaassen (no)scorer of the stoppage time goal after extra time.
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SNGAL 0-2 NETHERLANDS (average time: 0-0) – CdM 2022 – Round 1, Group A / Day 1
Stadium: Al-Thumama Stadium, Al-Thumama – Referee: Wilton Pereira Sampaio, Brazil
Objectives : – J. Gakpo (84th) D. Klaassen (90+9th) for NETHERLANDS
Two great captains, two great centre-backs
Van Dijk once again had a great game
Like (a lot) Sarr tormenting De Ligt
Gakpo finds fault with a header, served perfectly by De Jong (0-1, 84th)
After extra time, Klaassen took a break (0-2, 90 + 9th)
Brutal scenario for Tranga Lions…