Soccer Football - FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 - Group A - Senegal v Netherlands - Al Thumama Stadium, Doha, Qatar - November 21, 2022 Senegal's Ismaila Sarr in action with Netherlands' Matthijs de Ligt REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

A hard-fighting Senegal fell 2-0 to the Netherlands in a Group A World Cup match staged on Monday night at the Al Thumama Stadium.

Coach Louis Van Gaal handed goalkeeper Andries Noppert his first international cap and went with five defenders in a match he played with his favourite 3-5-2 system; a formation that seem not to have been working until late in the game.  

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23 year-old Coady Gakpo stole through the middle and beat Edouard Mendy to a cross from Frenkie de Jong to send a glancing header into the net in the 84th minute before substitute  Klaassen reacted quickest nine minutes into stoppage time to pounce on a rebound from a Memphis Depay shot and fire home to put the Dutch top of the group alongside Ecuador, whom they meet in their next game on Friday.

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