Doha: Three-time World Cup finalists the Netherlands returned to the largest worldwide stage after an eight-year absence, beating Senegal 2-0 on Monday (native time) of their Group A match with late targets from Cody Gakpo and substitute Davy Klaassen.
The Dutch, who had didn’t qualify for the 2018 World Cup, have now gone 16 video games with out defeat since coach Louis van Gaal took over for a 3rd time, making him essentially the most profitable Dutch coach with 38 wins, surpassing Dick Advocaat.
Additionally they prolonged an unbeaten document of their opening sport at World Cups that dates again to 1938.
But they heading for a scrappy goalless draw after losing a number of possibilities earlier than man-of-the-match Gakpo beat goalkeeper Edouard Mendy to nod in Frenkie de Jong’s cross with the again of his head.
Klaassen then pounced on a weak Mendy save to attain on the rebound 9 minutes into stoppage time.
The Dutch be part of Ecuador, 2-0 winners over hosts Qatar on Sunday, on three factors, with the highest two assembly on Friday.
“At instances we might have been too rushed and tried to pressure issues,” stated captain Virgil van Dijk. “However ultimately Cody did it very nicely.
“In midfield, nonetheless, when you lose possession it’s open and so they (Senegal) might be harmful with their pace. That must be higher as a result of Ecuador even have the pace that may harm you on the counter.