The Lions of Teranga might be looking to keep things tight at the back against the Dutch before going into more winnable fixtures against Qatar and Ecuador.
Senegal take on Netherlands in a Group A fixture of the 2022 FIFA World Cup at the Al Thumama Stadium on Monday. Both sides have not participated in any warm-up friendlies off late and their last outing was in September, with Senegal playing out a 1-1 draw against Iran, while the Dutch secured a narrow 1-0 win over Belgium in a Nations League game. Netherlands earned an automatic qualification to the finals of the tournament courtesy of securing top spot in Group G of the UEFA qualifiers, while the African outfit got the better of Egypt 3-1 on penalties in the third round of qualifier.
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Senegal have suffered a major blow before the World Cup as their talismanic attacker Sadio Mane suffered a fibula injury while representing his club Bayern Munich in a Bundesliga game earlier this month and has been ruled out of the tournament. The African champions are heading into the match on the back of some solid defensive performances. Aliou Cisse’s side have kept six clean sheets in their last eight games. The Lions of Teranga might be looking to keep things tight at the back against the Dutch before going into more winnable fixtures against Qatar and Ecuador. Senegal, who had reached the quarter-finals in South Korea and Japan, 20 years ago, are touted to be one of the dark horses in this edition of the tournament.
Netherlands on the other hand, are making a return to the global stage after a gap of eight years. The Durtch, who finished third in the 2014 edition in Brazil, head into the World Cup in excellent form under Louis Van Gaal. The Dutch are undefeated in their last 17 games across all competitions and have won 12 of them. Netherlands’ latest win against Belgium helped them to take their points tally to 16 from six Nations League games and secure a place in the finals of the competition as League A Group 4 winners. The Dutch are widely regarded as the biggest footballing nations never to win the World Cup, having lost three finals in 1974, 1978 and 2010.
Bayern Munich star Mane is the most notable absentee for Senegal because of a Fibula injury. Monaco-man Krepin Diatta likely to replace the former Liverpool-man on the left flank. Meanwhile RB Leipzig defender Abdou Diallo could miss Monday’s game because of a knee issue. Boulaye Dia is expected to spearhead the attack, with Diatta and Ismaila Sarr in support. As for Netherlands, attacking midfielder Memphis Depay is nursing a hamstring injury, while wing-back Denzel Dumfries is also doubtful after being forced off during Inter Milan’s Serie A game against Atalanta last week. Gakpo and Bergwijan could form the attacking duo, with Frenkie De Jong pulling the strings in the midfield.
Senegal probable starting lineup: E Mendy, Sabaly, Cisse, Koulibaly, Ballo-Toure, Kouyate, N Mendy, I Gueye, I Sarr, Dia, Diatta
Netherlands probable starting lineup: Pasveer, Timber, Van Dijk, Ake, Frimpong, F De Jong, Koopmeiners, Blind, Klaassen, Gakpo, Bergwijn
The FIFA World Cup match between Senegal and Netherlands will take place at Al Thumama Stadium on Monday at 9:30 pm IST.
|Senegal vs Netherlands||Key details|
|Venue||Al Thumama Stadium|
|Kickoff time in Senegal||4:00 pm|
|Kickoff time in Netherlands||5:00 pm|
The FIFA World Cup in Qatar can be seen on Sports18 – 1 SD & HD – in India. Sports 18 will be telecasting the games on the regular and HD Channels. Besides, Viacom18 Sports announced that JioCinema will live-stream all the World Cup games. Besides, the match between Senegal and Netherlands can be seen on Canvas, NPO 1 and NPO Start in the Netherlands; and Super Sport Football network in Senegal.