Senegal 0-2 Netherlands LIVE! World Cup 2022 result, match stream, latest reaction and updates today

Senegal 0-2 Netherlands LIVE! World Cup 2022 result, match stream, latest reaction and updates today

Senegal vs Netherlands - LIVE!

The World Cup action continued in Qatar this afternoon with a second Group A clash in Doha. The Al-Thumama Stadium was the venue for a potentially crucial early meeting between Senegal and the Netherlands, who many believe will both eventually seal qualification for the last-16. But Ecuador had already laid down their own marker in yesterday’s opening fixture, easing to victory over the hosts thanks to a brace from captain Enner Valencia.

Senegal’s hopes of repeating their 2002 exploits have been significantly hampered by the absence of Sadio Mane, their superstar forward ruled out for the tournament with his calf injury suffered on club duty for Bayern Munich requiring surgery. The champions of Africa boast plenty of other attacking threats and a strong squad full of players from Europe’s major leagues, but suffered from a clear lack of cutting edge without Mane in Monday’s 2-0 loss.

The Netherlands also lacked inspiration before Cody Gakpo and Davy Klaassen popped up with a late goal each to make a winning return to football’s grandest stage. Follow Senegal vs Netherlands reaction live with Standard Sport’s blog below.

Senegal vs Netherlands highlights

  • GOAL! Klaassen makes sure of win deep into stoppage time

  • GOAL! Gakpo glances in header with six minutes left

Senegal 0 - 2 Netherlands


18:03 , George Flood

Senegal 0-2 Netherlands

Not the most emphatic of performances from the Oranje, but they make a winning return to football’s grandest stage thanks to late efforts from Cody Gakpo and Davy Klaassen.

A spirited effort from Senegal, but they face an uphill battle without Sadio Mane.

Their clash with Ecuador next Tuesday could prove pivotal in Group A.

GOAL! Senegal 0-2 Netherlands | Davy Klaassen 99’

18:00 , George Flood

99 mins: Substitute Klaassen makes sure of the win deep into second-half stoppage time.

Depay’s initial strike is parried by Mendy, with the former Everton midfielder on hand to fire in the rebound.

Game, set and match!

17:58 , George Flood

95 mins: Another half-chance at the back post for Senegal, but nothing doing.

Gakpo cheered heartily by the Oranje fans in attendance as the likely match-winner makes way for De Roon.

Gueye booked after an arm to the face of Klaassen during an aerial tussle.

17:53 , George Flood

92 mins: Jakobs leans back on the half-volley and lashes a wild effort high into the stands.

How Senegal have missed talisman Mane this evening.

17:53 , George Flood

90 mins: EIGHT minutes of added time for Senegal to find an equaliser.

This isn’t over yet...

17:49 , George Flood

86 mins: That goal suddenly sparks Senegal into life and Noppert has to get down again at his front post to repel a dangerous low shot from Pape Gueye that was heading in.

GOAL! Senegal 0-1 Netherlands | Cody Gakpo 84'

17:45 , George Flood

84 mins: A breakthrough at last, with just six minutes left on the clock.

Gakpo times his run perfectly to beat Mendy to De Jong’s flighted cross and glance in a header on his World Cup debut.

Will that prove to be the winner?


17:44 , George Flood

81 mins: Sarr appeals for a penalty after Ake gets very physical to prevent him meeting a cross for Senegal.

Replays show he has a good case, but Brazilian referee Wilton Pereira Sampaio is not interested.

The official attendance has been clocked at 41,721.

17:40 , George Flood

78 mins: A double change from Van Gaal now as midfield duo Davy Klaasen and Teun Koopmeiners enter the fray.

Berghuis and Bergwijn are off, likely releasing Gakpo into a more advanced position.

Let’s see if it pays off.

17:38 , George Flood

75 mins: Bamba Dieng - on for Dia - is unable to connect properly with an attempt that rockets well over.

The game is starting to open back up a little as we enter the final 15 minutes, but the Dutch are thwarted all too easily once more.

17:35 , George Flood

73 mins: Kouyate is stretchered off and replaced by Pape Gueye of Marseille, with Diatta also making way for Villarreal attacker Nicolas Jackson in this final substitution window.

Chance for Senegal as Gueye’s vicious strike is parried by Noppert, with Diatta having been flagged offside as he tried to get the rebound.

17:31 , George Flood

70 mins: 20 minutes left for one of these sides to find a winner after a watchable first half has given way to a very slack second.

Nottingham Forest’s Kouyate is now down and in some discomfort, having landed very awkwardly after an aerial challenge and hand from De Jong.

The stretcher is out. This doesn’t look good at all.

17:29 , George Flood

66 mins: Chance for Dumfries perhaps, but play is called back from a belated whistle for his challenge on Senegal substitute Jakobs.

17:28 , George Flood

64 mins: Dutch debutant Noppert is forced into action for the first time tonight as he gets his big frame down quickly at the front post to parry Dia’s decent strike from a tough angle.

17:24 , George Flood

61 mins: Monaco’s Ismail Jakobs is on for the injured Diallo, earning only his third senior cap.

Diallo makes his way gingerly around the pitch. PSG’s RB Leizpig loanee was initially a doubt for this game with a knee issue.

Here comes Depay. Janssen off. Can the Barcelona man spark the Dutch into life here?

17:21 , George Flood

60 mins: Berghuis’s long-range drive is blocked behind for a Dutch corner.

Diallo - who was carrying a knock coming into this tournament - is down and in need of treatment.

Meanwhile, Depay’s introduction is imminent for the Netherlands.

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17:20 , George Flood

58 mins: High and wide from a stretching Diatta at the back post after Van Dijk had risen to meet a dangerous cross from the Senegal left.

Van Gaal must be thinking about changes as we approach the hour mark at Al-Thumama Stadium.

Senegal will be much the happier side so far.

17:18 , George Flood

56 mins: De Ligt has looked uncomfortable for most of this game, especially when faced by Sarr, and he barges the Watford man in the back to earn the first yellow card of the day.

I don’t think he’ll stay on much longer.

Moments before, Janssen could not quite sort his feet to connect with a near-post cross from Gakpo.

17:17 , George Flood

54 mins: Sabaly telegraphs a speculative long-range strike that quickly cannons back off Manchester City defender Ake.

17:15 , George Flood

52 mins: The first chance of a slow start to this second half comes from Van Dijk, who looks unmarked as he gets up to head Gakpo’s corner from the right over the bar.

The industrious Gakpo had also done well to earn the corner off Diallo in the first place.

He has been the Netherlands’ brighest attacking spark so far this evening, no question.

17:12 , George Flood

49 mins: Gakpo bursts forward and makes inroads deep inside the Senegal half, with Dumfries sternly dealt with as he tries to continue the momentum - leading to this latest Dutch corner that is confidently claimed by Mendy.

17:09 , George Flood

47 mins: A loose ball from De Jong almost lands the Dutch in trouble, but Ake stands up to the challenge of Dia.

It’s not been a vintage afternoon for the Barcelona midfielder thus far, it must be said.

Van Gaal will demand improvement.

Second half underway

17:06 , George Flood

The second half is underway.

No changes from either manager at the break, with a struggling De Ligt still on for the Netherlands.

You wonder if we will see Depay off the bench the longer this stays goalless, if indeed he is fit enough for a cameo.

17:00 , George Flood

Just the one shot on target in that first half, which was a speculative low Sabaly effort that was easily dealt with by Noppert in the Dutch goal.

Both teams are suffering from a distinct lack of quality and cutting edge in the final third.

De Jong with the best chance in front of the Dutch fans at that end - he will be wondering how on earth he did not even manage to get a shot away with Mendy struggling.



16:52 , George Flood

Senegal 0-0 Netherlands

A watchable half with chances for both sides, but defences on top for the most part.

The Dutch have been carrying a greater threat, but they’ve struggled to deal with the pace and trickery of Ismaila Sarr.

Ecuador will be delighted if this score holds!


16:50 , George Flood

45 mins: Two minutes of additional time have been signalled at the end of this first half.

A poised Bergwijn shapes for the acrobatic but has the ball nipped away from his toes after a Dumfries cross.

16:48 , George Flood

43 mins: Senegal concede a cheap corner as a scrambling Mendy can’t intervene when the ball skips awkwardly off the surface and behind.

But they have no trouble clearing, with a speedy run following down the right flank as a quick counter-attack is launched.

However, a through ball into the box is overhit and swept up by Noppert.

16:45 , George Flood

40 mins: Watford’s Sarr is the unquestioned dangerman for Senegal, beating his marker and playing a lovely ball into the six-yard box that is hacked clear by Ake.

He’s also been hauled down by a struggling De Ligt, though Gueye’s free-kick delivery is extremely disappointing.

The Netherlands easily repel the danger.

16:43 , George Flood

38 mins: Senegal briefly threaten down the left flank, but they can’t fashion a chance.

Neat football follows from the Dutch, with Janssen laying off to Berghuis, who thunders a bouncing ball over the top.

That sat up very awkwardly after the first touch.

16:39 , George Flood

35 mins: The Dutch are beginning to ask questions of this Senegal defence once more, but De Jong’s flighted cross is headed away from former Spurs flop Janssen and behind.

Nothing comes from the resulting set-piece.

16:38 , George Flood

32 mins: Senegal right-back Sabaly gets forward well but his low strike lacks power and is easily gobbled up by the towering Dutch debutant Noppert.

16:36 , George Flood

Still goalless but a very watchable contest in cooler conditions in Doha, where the crowd has swelled since kick-off.

Still plenty of empty green seats, however.

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16:35 , George Flood

31 mins: Cisse is all over Janssen and the Netherlands have another free-kick in a promising area to the right of the penalty area.

Chelsea goalkeeper Mendy is scrambling to get underneath Gakpo’s back-post cross, but Kouyate is there to head away from danger.

16:32 , George Flood

28 mins: Van Dijk, who is facing the wrong way, is very slow to react to a De Jong pass and the Netherlands put themselves in all sorts of trouble.

Gueye’s initial shot is blocked and Senegal try doggedly to create sufficient space among the sea of orange for another, with Diatta eventually drilling a low effort comfortably wide of the near post.

16:30 , George Flood

26 mins: The Oranje force their own corner and a right-wing delivery is headed well wide by a leaping Van Dijk, who got up along with Janssen.

The Liverpool star is complaining about something, but Brazilian referee Wilton Pereira Sampaio having none of it.

16:28 , George Flood

24 mins: Superb from Sarr, who drops the shoulder, leaves his marker all at sea before unleashing a goal-bound drive that is headed behind bravely by Van Dijk.

The Dutch get the subsequent corner clear.

16:25 , George Flood

21 mins: A backtracking Sarr’s clumsy foul gives the Netherlands a free-kick in a terrific position just outside the box.

Berghuis’ delivery is promptly cleared, but the Dutch quickly recover possession.

They are beginning to turn the screw now, dominating the ball.

16:23 , George Flood

18 mins: The fleet-footed Diatta earns Senegal a corner that is met by Cisse, but the Netherlands scramble clear.

They break and it’s a massive chance for De Jong, who is slid in by Berghuis after more good work from Dumfries.

The Barcelona midfielder tries to shift it inside onto his right foot with Edouard Mendy sat down, but it just won’t settle for a strike and the defender gets across to snuff out the danger.

He needed to get a shot away there. Huge frustration.

16:20 , George Flood

15 mins: Gakpo has been at the heart of everything good to come from the Netherlands so far on his World Cup debut.

He combines well with Dumfries, almost leading to another glaring Dutch chance.

His accurate cross to the back post is then headed wide by Blind, who had risen above Real Betis full-back Sabaly.

16:17 , George Flood

13 mins: Skilful feet from Diatta to bamboozle Blind, but De Ligt is there to clean up for the Netherlands.

The offside flag then thwarts Senegal on their next foray into the Dutch penalty area.

The AFCON holders are asking far more questions just at the moment.


16:15 , George Flood

12 mins: Sarr and Dumfries are both hurt after a collision that followed a stretching challenge from the Inter Milan right-back, who was already carrying a knee issue before this game.

Thankfully both players are up quickly and able to continue.

16:13 , George Flood

10 mins: Confident stuff from Senegal so far, with Sarr turning just outside the penalty area but off-balance as he curls a left-footed effort over the crossbar.

16:12 , George Flood

8 mins: Senegal get the ball wide and pepper that Dutch penalty area with crosses from both sides.

The most dangerous of which comes from Mendy on the right, with centre-back Cisse unable to manoeuvre himself into position for a back-post finish.

16:09 , George Flood

6 mins: A nice open feel to this contest early on.

De Ligt chops down Sarr as Senegal earn a free-kick inside the Dutch half.

16:08 , George Flood

4 mins: The Netherlands are gaining a foothold now after a decent spell of Senegal possession to open this contest.

A great chance then goes begging as an incisive one-touch passing move ends in the unselfish Gakpo trying to tee up a sliding Bergwijn, who just can’t apply the finishing touch.

A massive early opportunity! Senegal breathe a sigh of relief.

16:05 , George Flood

2 mins: An early warning for the Dutch, with De Ligt making an important block to send Dia’s shot behind after a fine cutback from Watford’s Sarr down the left.

Senegal - not a side renowned for their gung-ho attacking approach - are very much on the front foot in these opening exchanges.


16:03 , George Flood

We are underway in Doha!

Can the Dutch make a roaring start to their first World Cup campaign since 2014?

Or will the champions of Africa bely the absence of Mane to make a statement?

16:02 , George Flood

No ‘OneLove’ armband from Virgil van Dijk, with the Dutch among the seven European nations who had signed up for the campaign before reneging on that aspect under threat of punishment from Fifa.

Netherlands skipper Van Dijk wearing Fifa’s anti-discrimination armband instead, with that campaign brought forward for the group stages.

15:57 , George Flood

Time for the national anthems, with Senegal’s “Le Lion rouge” up first.

“Wilhelmus” to follow.

15:55 , George Flood

Swathes of empty seats inside the 40,000-capacity Al-Thumama Stadium as a pre-match pyrotechnics show entertains the fans that have made the trip.

The players are about to emerge from the tunnel.

A very pro-Dutch crowd, as you might expect for one of the World Cup’s historically favourite teams who are back after missing Russia 2018.

15:52 , George Flood

Here is Van Gaal at his pre-match press conference explaining why Gakpo gets the nod ahead of Ajax’s Davy Klaassen in the Dutch midfield today...

“Gakpo is more creative, Klaassen more of a team player,” he said. “If Memphis does not participate, we have one less creative player.

“Then it is quite logical that Gakpo will play and Klaassen will not, because Janssen is not a really creative player. Then I have explained enough, I think.”

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15:49 , George Flood

We should mention that Memphis Depay is on the bench for the Netherlands this afternoon.

Interesting to see if he is fit enough to be called upon if required after that hamstring trouble.

Van Gaal will want to avoid having to use him if at all possible.

15:43 , George Flood

Final preparations in Doha. Kick-off is now just over 15 minutes away!

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15:33 , George Flood

What an occasion for Andries Noppert, the towering 6ft 8in stopper (the tallest player at the World Cup) who has won the battle to be Van Gaal’s first-choice goalkeeper at this tournament.

He has been excellent in the Eredivisie for Heerenveen since returning to his first club from Go Ahead Eagles in the summer, but has only 45 senior club appearances under his belt at 28.

Noppert has beat out competition from Justin Bijlow of Feyenoord and Ajax’s Remko Pasveer, with the Dutch not exactly blessed with world-class ‘keeping options at present.

Former No1 Jasper Cillessen did not even make the final squad, along with Freiburg’s Mark Flekken.

“I know, you don’t yet. No, I’m not going to tell you. I never reveal the line-up. I’m reasonably convinced of my choice. It would be bad if it were otherwise,” a cryptic Van Gaal had said of his goalkeeper selection on Sunday.

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Diatta replaces Mane for Senegal

15:20 , George Flood

Aliou Cisse responds to Mane’s absence as expected, with Monaco’s Krepin Diatta joining Watford’s Ismaila Sarr and Villarreal frontman Boulaye Dia in a still potent Senegal attack.

Premier League regulars Edouard Mendy, Kalidou Koulibaly, Nampalys Mendy, Cheikhou Kouyate and Idrissa Gana Gueye all start as expected.

A boost for the Lions comes with the fitness of Abdou Diallo, who had suffered a knee problem on club duty with RB Leipzig earlier this month and had initially been considered doubtful for today.

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Noppert handed Dutch debut in goal

15:11 , George Flood

Some stage for Heerenveen goalkeeper Andries Noppert to make his senior Netherlands bow between the sticks.

Denzel Dumfries is fit to start on the right, with Jurrien Timber on the bench as Matthijs de Ligt lines up alongside captain Virgil van Dijk and Nathan Ake in a three-man defence.

There will be plenty of excitement surrounding the World Cup debut of Cody Gakpo, who has built quite a reputation at PSV Eindhoven and attracted transfer interest from some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

Ajax’s Steven Berghuis is preferred in the engine room alongside Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong, with Atalanta pair Marten de Roon and Teun Koopmeiners among the substitutes.

Ex-Spurs pair Steven Bergwijn and Vincent Janssen lead the Dutch attack.

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15:01 , George Flood

Confirmation that the Dutch team is as earlier advertised:

Senegal team

14:56 , George Flood

Starting XI: E Mendy, Sabaly, Koulibaly, Diallo, N Mendy, Kouyate, Gueye, Cisse, Diatta, Sarr, Dia

14:55 , George Flood

Interesting to note that the Netherlands’ official Twitter account has now deleted that confirmed starting lineup graphic.

Did they simply jump the gun or are there now changes to be made?

We should find out very shortly...

Netherlands team

14:49 , George Flood

Starting XI: Noppert, Dumfries, De Ligt, Van Dijk, Ake, Blind, De Jong, Berghuis, Gakpo, Janssen, Bergwijn

14:43 , George Flood

Senegal fans are also contributing plenty of atmosphere in Doha!

Despite the loss of Mane, expectations remain high for the Lions of Teranga, who claimed their first AFCON title with a nailbiting penalty shootout win over Mo Salah’s Egypt back in February.

Senegal did not get out of the group stage in Russia four years ago, but who could forget that incredible run to the quarter-finals on debut in Japan and South Korea back in 2002.

This is only their third-ever appearance on football’s biggest stage.


14:32 , George Flood

A lot of nations are not well represented by fans at this tournament, though it looks like the Oranje army have had no such problems.

A fine atmosphere building with kick-off less than 90 minutes away at Al-Thumama Stadium.

Van Gaal laments Depay absence

14:24 , George Flood

But Van Gaal was eager to stress that the Netherlands are just as compromised in attack for their Group A opener by the absence of Barcelona forward Memphis Depay.

“The same applies to us [as Senegal], we are really missing our top scorer and our king of the assists,” Van Gaal added.

“We are missing Memphis Depay, he is not going to start off, and they have to grapple with the fact that Mane is not playing.

“The question is how both are going to deal with that. That is my idea of the match. The first match is always the most important as it sets the tone for the tournament.”

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Van Gaal makes admission over ‘extraordinary’ Mane

14:17 , George Flood

Louis van Gaal believes Senegal have lost an “extraordinary player” in Sadio Mane, revealing he tried to sign the forward when he was Manchester United manager, writes Simon Collings.

Mane was due to lead the line for Senegal this afternoon in their World Cup opener, but a knee injury is forcing him to miss the tournament.

The 30-year-old sustained the injury playing for Bayern Munich at the start of this month and, after initially hoping he could play in Qatar, had to undergo surgery.

Van Gaal believes that is a big blow for Senegal, who won the Africa Cup of Nations this year, thanks to Mane’s winning penalty in the final.

“Mane is an extraordinary player,” said Van Gaal. “I wanted him, I must say, when I was the manager of Manchester United.

“He was still at Southampton, so I chased him at the time. I am a fan of Mane. He can break open a match and I would say that Senegal would really miss him.”

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14:10 , George Flood

So great to have these Oranje fans back at the World Cup finals...

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Predicted lineups

13:59 , George Flood

Here’s how we see both teams lining up for today’s Group A showdown...

Senegal predicted XI (4-3-3): E Mendy; Sabaly, Cisse, Koulibaly, Ballo-Toure; P Sarr, N Mendy, Gueye; I Sarr, Dia, Diatta

Netherlands predicted XI (5-2-1-2): Noppert; Dumfries, Timber, van Dijk, Ake; Blind; De Jong, Koopmeiners; Gakpo; Janssen, Bergwijn

Senegal vs Netherlands prediction

13:57 , George Flood

Neither side can afford a slip-up with Ecuador cruising past Qatar in the opening match, with Netherlands in particular needing to make a winning start to their campaign.

With Senegal weakened and not a hugely expansive side as it is, Van Gaal’s men should be able to pick up all three points.

Netherlands win, 2-0.

Netherlands team news

13:53 , George Flood

The Dutch have their only injury worries to contend with for their first World Cup fixture since beating hosts Brazil to third spot back in 2014, having failed to qualify for 2018.

Key attacker Memphis Depay will miss out against Senegal with a hamstring injury that has kept him out of action since September. However, he is expected to recover and play some part at the tournament.

Elsewhere for Louis van Gaal, Atalanta midfielder Marten de Roon is a doubt, though there are reports than Inter Milan wing-back Denzel Dumfries will be ready to feature despite a knee issue.

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Senegal team news

13:48 , George Flood

Only one place to start in terms of Senegal team news, with talisman and Ballon d’Or runner-up Sadio Mane initially called up to Aliou Cisse’s finals squad and hopeful of playing before it was revealed that a knee injury suffered on club duty with Bayern Munich would require surgery that ruled him out of the entire tournament.

He could be joined on the sidelines by RB Leizpig’s PSG loanee Abdou Diallo, who is battling his own knee issue.

Monaco winger Krepin Diatta looks set to replace Mane in a team packed full of Premier League experience with the likes of Chelsea pair Edouard Mendy and Kalidou Koulibaly, Tottenham’s Pape Matar Sarr, Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye, Nottingham Forest’s Cheikhou Kouyate and Leicester man Nampalys Mendy.

Watford winger Ismaila Sarr, QPR goalkeeper Seny Dieng, Reading loanee Mamadou Loum and Sheffield United striker Iliman Ndiaye are the other England-based players in the group.

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How to watch Senegal vs Netherlands

13:43 , George Flood

TV channel: In the UK, today’s game will be broadcast live on ITV 1, with coverage beginning at 3pm.

Live stream: Fans can also catch the action live online via the ITV website and ITV Hub.

Welcome to Senegal vs Netherlands LIVE!

13:41 , George Flood

Good afternoon and welcome to Standard Sport’s LIVE coverage of the latest Group A World Cup action from Qatar.

After Ecuador dominated the disappointing hosts in a comfortable 2-0 victory on opening night, it’s now the turn of group favourites Netherlands and Senegal to enter the fray at Al-Thumama Stadium.

Kick-off today is at 4pm GMT, so stay tuned for match build-up, team news, thoughts from both camps and live minute-by-minute updates of the action.

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