Senegal defeated the Netherlands by 2 goals
‘If Sadio Mane were here today!’ Senegalese players and fans can regret this way. They have shaken the Netherlands, the strongest team in Europe. Fought eye to eye. Attacked more. Just couldn’t pull off the finish. Instead, they lost 2-0 in the last goal.
Sadio Mane’s World Cup is over with injury. Against the Dutch, the team’s coach Alio Cisse could choose a defensive football table. But from the beginning his team started speed football. Despite attacking more than the Dutch, the first half ended goalless.
Starting from the same place in the second half as well, the African country surprised by stepping into the 2002 World Cup for the first time. They are the last African Nations Cup winners. ‘Don’t leave and talk’, this was their conviction. But in the 84th minute of the second half, young Dutch forward Cody Gapko revived the match which was going goalless. His goal was assisted by Frankie de Jong.
The best team in the group and rich in European football tradition, the Netherlands, scored another goal in nine minutes of added time. Davy Klassen scored that goal. In the match, Senegal made four good attacks in front of the goal keeping 46 percent of the position. But Gol could not open his mouth.