Senegal v Netherlands: World Cup 2022 – live | world cup 2022

1 min: Following Ecuador’s win over Qatar last night, the second Group A match of the tournament gets under way with the Dutch getting the ball rolling. The players of the Netherlands wear orange shirts, shorts and socks. The African champions are in white shirts, white shorts and white socks.

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Senegal (4-3-3): Edouard Mendy, Koulibaly, Cisse, Gueye, Papy Mendy, Kouyate, Dia, Diatta, Sarr, Sabaly, Diallo.

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Netherlands (3-4-1-2): Noppert, De Ligt, Van Dijk, Ake, Bergwijn, Gakpo, Berghuis, Blind, Janssen, De Jong, Dumfries.

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As mentioned previously, Senegal are without Sadio Mane, who could be reaplced by Monaco winger Krepin Diatta. Abou Diallo, the RB Leipzig central defender, could miss out with a knee injury.

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The Netherlands are also missing a key player, with Memphis Depay sidelined for this match at the very least with a hamstring injury. Denzel Dumfries could also miss out after suffering an injury while playing for Inter last weekend, while the participation of midfielder Marten De Roon is also in doubt.

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Qatar’s 40,000-capacity Al-Thumama Stadium is the venue for today’s encounter between Senegal and the Netherlands. Slated to host eight different matches in this tournament, it hosted it’s first game thirteen months ago.

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The African champions suffered a pre-tournament hammerblow with the news that their star player Sadio Mane had been ruled out for the duration after suffering an injury while playing for Bayern Munich that sent his international manager Aliou Cisse back to the drawing board.

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The Netherlands come into this tournament having qualified as group winners under Louis van Gaal and have since won five out of six Nations League matches, drawing the other. Kick-off in this tantalising match pitting Africa’s best against one of Europe’s finest is at 4pm (GMT) but stay tuned in the meantime for team news and build-up.

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key events

9 minutes: Ismaila Sarr fires on the return from distance after receiving a pass through the center with her back to goal. His effort flies high over the bar.

7 minutes: Early errors at both ends in an open game, but still no goals or notable chances. Senegal attacks from the right and a cross is raised to the far post. Showing all the agility of a central midfielder of his size, Pape Abou Cissé is unable to connect the falling ball to deflect it towards the goal from a tight angle.

3 minutes: After that shaky start, the Netherlands move on and should have taken the lead. Steven Bergwijn can’t get to the end of Cody Gakpo’s low cross into the Senegal penalty area after Edouard Mendy ran off his line and was caught in no man’s land.

1 minute: The Netherlands passes the ball from behind and tries to advance until Matthijs De Ligt gives up the ball. Ismaila Sarr pounces and returns the ball towards Boulaye Dia, whose shot is blocked by Frenkie De Jong. The ball goes to a corner, from which nothing comes out.

Senegal v Holland is going…

1 minute: Following Ecuador’s victory over Qatar last night, the second Group A match of the tournament begins with the Dutch getting the ball rolling. The players from the Netherlands wear a shirt, shorts and orange socks. The African champions wear a white shirt, white shorts and white socks.

Denzel Dumfries from the Netherlands in action with Krepin Diatta from Senegal.
Denzel Dumfries from the Netherlands in action with Krepin Diatta from Senegal. Photo: Molly Darlington/Reuters

they come out: Both sets of players come onto the pitch and stand on either side of referee Wilton Sampaio and his team of match officials for the national anthems.

Not so long now: The teams are in the tunnel waiting for the end of an extravagant light and pyrotechnics show in a currently half-full (at best) Al-Thumama stadium before heading out onto the pitch. Here’s hoping for a cracking, competitive game. It is the third of the tournament and the two that have preceded it have been ridiculously one-sided affairs.

Explosive scenes before the game.
Explosive scenes before the game. Photo: Glyn Kirk/AFP/Getty Images

Those teams: The Netherlands named non-international goalkeeper Andries Noppert in their starting line-up, while Senegal chose Krepin Diatta as Sadio Mane’s replacement. Senegal have nine players from their Africa Cup of Nations winning team in their starting line-up.

After much speculation about the identity of the Dutch goalkeeper, coach Louis van Gaal chose Noppert, who at 6ft 8in is the tallest player at this World Cup, despite yet to play an international match. Denzel Dumfries starts at right-back for the Netherlands, despite the fact that his participation is in doubt in the build-up to the game.

Lineups Senegal – Netherlands

Senegal (4-3-3): Edouard Mendy, Koulibaly, Cissé, Gueye, Papy Mendy, Kouyaté, Dia, Diatta, Sarr, Sabaly, Diallo.

Netherlands (3-4-1-2): Noppert, De Ligt, Van Dijk, Ake, Bergwijn, Gakpo, Berghuis, Blind, Janssen, De Jong, Dumfries.

The Netherlands: “Louis van Gaal believes the Netherlands can win the World Cup because his team has a ‘higher average quality’ than the group he led to third place at Brazil 2014,” writes Jamie Jackson from Doha.

Senegal without Sadio: The Bayern Munich striker’s injury is a blow, but the African champions have a pragmatic approach to tournament football under Aliou Cissé, writes Ed Aarons.

Referees of today’s match

  • Referee: Wilton Sampaio (Brazil)

  • Assistant referees: Bruno Boschilia (Brazil) and Bruno Pires (Brazil)

  • Video assistant referee: Juan Soto (Venezuela)

Brazilian referee Wilton Sampaio is in charge of tonight's match between Senegal and the Netherlands.
Brazilian referee Wilton Sampaio is in charge of tonight’s match between Senegal and the Netherlands. Photo: Sergio Moraes/Reuters

First team news

As mentioned above, Senegal is without Sadio Mane, who could be replaced by Monaco winger Krepin Diatta. Abou Diallo, RB Leipzig’s central defender, could be out with a knee injury.

The Netherlands are also missing a key player, with Memphis Depay sidelined for this game at least with a hamstring injury. Denzel Dumfries could also be missing after picking up an injury while playing for Inter last weekend, while midfielder Marten De Roon’s involvement is also in doubt.

Memphis Depay (left) has been training with the Netherlands team as he recovers from a hamstring injury, but it is highly unlikely that he will play in today's opener.
Memphis Depay (left) has been training with the Netherlands team as he recovers from a hamstring injury, but it is highly unlikely that he will play in today’s opener. Photo: Hollandse Hoogte/REX/Shutterstock

Group A: Senegal v Netherlands

The Al-Thumama stadium in Qatar, with a capacity for 40,000 spectators, is the venue for today’s match between Senegal and the Netherlands. Scheduled to host eight different matches in this tournament, it hosted its first game thirteen months ago.

The African champions suffered a major blow ahead of the tournament with the news that their star player, Sadio Mane, had been ruled out entirely after picking up an injury while playing for Bayern Munich that sent their international manager Aliou Cisse back to the drawing table.

The Netherlands come into this tournament having qualified as group winners under Louis van Gaal and have since won five of their six Nations League games, drawing the other. Kick-off for this tantalizing matchup pitting Africa’s best against one of Europe’s best is at 4:00pm (GMT), but stay tuned in the meantime for news and team preparations.

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