Late goals from Cody Gakpo and Davy Klaassen helped the Netherlands beat Group A opponents Senegal 2-0 in their 2022 World Cup opener on Monday.
Netherlands were playing in their first World Cup match since 2014, having failed to qualify for the tournament’s previous edition in Russia in 2018.
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Senegal, who won the Africa Cup of Nations last year, flew into Qatar with high expectations but were dealt a major blow last week when star Sadio Mane was ruled out of the World Cup with a foot injury and his absence was conspicuous.
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