Louis van Gaal’s Netherlands struggled against Senegal
In the match of the group stage of the 2022 World Cup, the national team of Senegal played against the national team of the Netherlands. It was very difficult for the opponents to create dangerous moments near each other’s goal.
Both teams faced staffing problems, the portal Noviny.LIVE reminds.
In the framework of the first round of the group stage of the World Cup, the national team of Senegal played against the Netherlands. Both teams were aiming for a win to catch up with Ecuador, who beat Qatar the previous day to top the group standings.
Statistics of the match Senegal — Netherlands
Senegal — Netherlands – 0:2 (0:0)
goals: Hakpo, 85; Classen, 90+8
Senegal: Edouard Mendy — Sabaly, Koulibaly, Cisse, Diallo (Jacobs, 62) — Kouyate (Jackson, 74), Nampally Mendy — Diatta (Guy, 74), Gueye, Sarr — Dia (Dieng, 69).
Coach: Aliou Cisse.
Netherlands: Noppert – Ake, van Dijk, de Ligt – Blind, F. de Jong, Burgess (Klassen, 79), Dumfries – Hakpo (de Ron, 90+4) – Janssen (Depay, 62), Bergwein (Kopmeiners, 79) .
Coach: Louis van Gaal.
Team coaches Aliou Cisse and Louis van Gaal could not field the main stars of their teams in the main lineup. Sadio Mane, who will miss the World Cup, has never recovered from the Lions of Teranga. “Orange” was “let down” by Memphis Depay, who appeared in the game only in the second half due to an injury.
These losses were reflected in the actions of the opponents. The football players of both teams were in excellent physical shape, but they lacked the imagination to create moments. The match turned out to be quite boring.
Although the beginning of the meeting turned out to be promising. De Ligt passed into the penalty area, Gakpo broke into the operative space and shot into the center, but Bergwein did not reach the ball. In the counterattack, Diyatta went down the right flank and made an accurate pass to the far post, where Cisse could not reach the ball.
After that, Senegal turned on maximum pressing and did not allow the opponent to construct attacks in the center of the field. Until the middle of the second half, the “Orange” did not make a single shot in the plane of Mani’s goal. It looked like it was going to be a draw, but in the 85th minute, Frankie le Jong softly crossed into the penalty area, where Gakpo headed it precisely, 1-0. In the return attack, Guy almost equalized, but the goalkeeper of the Netherlands saved his team.
In the last compensated minute before the match, van Gaal’s team intercepted the ball and launched a counterattack, which Depay ended with a shot at the goal. Mendy hit the ball right in front of him and Klaassen doubled his team’s lead.
The Netherlands won a hard-fought victory but moved closer to qualifying for the World Cup play-offs.
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