At the end of the first balanced match of this World Cup, an attractive Senegal ended up cracking against the Netherlands (0-2) this Monday at Al-Thumama Stadium, as part of the first day of group A! How hard it is for the Lions of Tranga…
Sngal ended up cracking at the end of the match against the Oranje…
A balanced first match, finally! After Qatar-Ecuador (0-2) and England-Iran (6-2), Senegal and the Netherlands raised the overall level on Monday in Group A. By offering us a real World Cup match, which will have so turn the advantage of the Oranje (2-0) shortly before added time.
But nothing is done in this group: even without Man, the Lions of Tranga have proven that they should be counted on during the World Cup. provided that they quickly solve their problems of efficiency…
The big first period of Senegal
Despite the absence of their best player for the whole competition, the Senegalese started the match very well. Dominating in the midfield and rarely worried behind, they did not really manage to put Noppert in danger during the first act, apart from a few interesting situations for Dia, Ciss, Diatta or Sarr twice.
A different observation for the Dutch: despite the domination of the reigning African champions during the first 45 minutes, Louis van Gaal’s men could still have opened the scoring thanks to two huge situations. But Gakpo misadjusted his cross back for Bergwijn on the first, and De Jong was sorely lacking in composure in front of the opposing cage on the second…
Gakpo gets the Senegalese!
Change of pace on returning from the locker room. The Senegalese retreated, while the Oranje raised their heads and regained control of the leather. It could have resulted in a goal from Van Dijk, but the central defender mistimed his header. Aliou Ciss’s men suffered two hard blows: Diallo came off injured, and Kouyat – in tears – imitated him a few minutes later…
Hard blows, and a blow to the head? Not now. Because after a first big situation for Dia, it was I. Gueye who almost opened the scoring before finding Noppert’s gloves! In a strong moment despite the injuries, the Senegal however ended up… cracking. On a millimeter cross from De Jong, Gakpo took advantage of Mendy’s poor outing to open the scoring (0-1, 84th)!
Klaassen drives the point home
And it is, unfortunately for the Senegalese, not over. After a slight start, a nice strike from P. Gueye and several corners obtained, Koulibaly’s partners left too much space behind, and Depay took the opportunity to force Mendy to push back his strike… directly at the feet of Klaassen, who made the break after additional time (0-2, 90 + 9th)! How hard it is for the Lions of Tranga…
The score of the match: 7/10
After Qatar-Ecuador (0-2) and England-Iran (6-2), we witnessed the first balanced match of this World Cup. And did good, because we were treated to a real World Cup meeting between two very good teams. Not as many goals as at 2 p.m., of course, but much better quality football and enormous suspense.
The goals :
– Depay finds De Jong at 25 yards. The Barcelona midfielder addresses a center millimeter Gakpo, who takes advantage of Mendy’s poor outing to score with a header (0-1, 84th).
– On a counter-attack, Depay takes his chance in the area and sees Mendy push back his shot… directly at the feet of Klaassen, who concludes point-blank range (0-2, 90 + 9th)!
Maxifoot has assigned a score (out of 10) comments on each player.
Man of the match: Frenkie de Jong (7.5/10)
Author of a brilliant first period, De Jong finally led his team to victory by scoring the first goal of the Gakpo side, on a millimeter cross. We can certainly blame the Barcelona midfielder for a few dangerous lost balls or his big chance missed in the first act, but what talent…
Edouard Mendy (3): become questionable Chelsea, the Senegalese goalkeeper can blame himself on the two goals conceded. He completely misses his aerial exit on the first and releases the ball too easily at Klaassen’s feet on 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 got off to a good start by releasing a (very) hot ball into the area, after a center back from Gakpo. He certainly displayed certain limits, but he did not deserve it.
Kalidou Koulibaly (6): captain in the absence of Man, the central defender performed well despite the two goals conceded at the end of the match, on which he could not do much.
Pape Ciss (4): awaited replacement, the central defender made an excellent first act… before disappointing during the second. On the first Dutch goal, he strangely did not follow Gakpo into the box. Its omission was expensive, and it is not irreproachable on the realization of Klaassen either…
Abdou Diallo (6): expected in central defense, the former Parisian was rather attractive on the left side, whether offensively or defensively, despite Gakpo. Finally released on injury the 62nd minute and replaced by Ismail Jakobs (not)who finally settled his administrative worries before the match.
Cheikhou Kouyat (7): undoubtedly one of the best Senegalese players today. In midfield, Kouyat did a tremendous job to allow his side to win the battle in midfield, especially in the first period. Finally left on injury the 73rd minute and replaced by Pope Gueye (not).
Nampalys Mendy (5): Like Kouyat, Mendy had a very big first period. Unfortunately, we saw him less during the second act.
Idrissa Gueye (4): still as important in terms of leadership, the former Parisian was not in the game on Monday. After a period spent largely on the left side, he never really managed to find his place. And what a nightmare on set pieces!
Ismala Sarr (7): one of the best Senegalese players today, with Kouyat. When he found himself on the left side, Sarr put De Ligt through hell, and he was behind his team’s most dangerous actions.
Boulaye Dia (5): a difficult encounter for Dia, who did not really manage to exist against Van Dijk, apart from an attempted strike in the second half. Replace the 69th minute with Bamba Dieng (not not)author of any one comes into play.
Krepin Diatta (4): replacing Man on the left wing, the Monaco striker had to. so much so that Sarr quickly switched sides with him, but didn’t really change Diatta’s game, which showed limits. Replace 74th minute with Nicolas Jackson (not).
Andries Noppert (6): four stops to make, four stops made. This is how we could sum up the very serious and diligent match of Noppert.
Denzel Dumfries (5): still focused forward, the right piston of Inter Milan had waste in his centers. Defensively, he also suffered against Sarr.
Matthijs De Ligt (4): in a defense of three that he doesn’t like much, the central defender of Bayern Munich had a very complicated match against Sarr. He gets away with a yellow card, and we can say that he is doing well…
Virgil Van Dijk (6.5): still performing well with the Dutch selection, Liverpool’s central defender was once again very solid. In the first period, he repelled absolutely everything, including a shot from Sarr carded … from the skull. In the second period, he could have opened the scoring, but he misadjusted his header.
Nathan Ak (5): The Netherlands suffered a lot in the first act, and Van Dijk had to feel very alone because neither De Ligt nor Ak managed to reassure theirs. Unlike the Bayern defender, the Manchester City player was better after the break.
Daley Blind (5): placed in a piston position that he no longer seems to have fully mastered, the left side has however not died. He certainly suffered from the speed of the Senegalese attackers, but he was also interesting offensively.
Frenkie De Jong (7.5): see above.
Cody Maths Gakpo (7): exiled on the left side in the first period, Gakpo struggled against Diallo, but he still offered several interesting crosses to his teammates. He finally took advantage of that – millimtr – from De Jong to open the scoring late in the game. Replace 90+4th minute with Marten de Roon (not not).
Steven Berghuis (5): the Dutch had a lot of trouble against the Senegalese in the first period, and the very timid first 45 minutes of Berghuis are part of the explanation. Replace 79th minute with Teun Koopmeiners (not not).
Vincent Janssen (5): still just as technically correct, the Antwerp striker suffered from an obvious physical deficit against the rough Senegalese defenders. Replace the 62nd minute with Memphis Depay (not not)involved in both goals for his team.
Steven Bergwijn (5): much more mobile than Janssen, Bergwijn was often found by his teammates, but he had some waste in the transmission. Replace 79th minute with Davy Klaassen (not)author of the goal of the break after additional time.
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SNGAL 0-2 NETHERLANDS (mid-time: 0-0) – CdM 2022 – 1st round, Group A / 1st day
Stadium: Al-Thumama Stadium, Al-Thumama – Referee: Wilton Pereira Sampaio, Brazil
Goals : – C. Gakpo (84th) D. Klaassen (90+9th) for NETHERLANDS