For a long time it looked as if Senegal and the Netherlands would start the World Cup with a rather entertaining but ultimately goalless draw.

In the 84th minute, however, it was Cody Gakpo who converted a sensitive cross from Frenkie de Jong and headed it in to make it 1-0. Senegal goalkeeper Edouard Mendy looked unhappy. In the ninth minute of added time, Davy Klaasen was able to rebound after a shot by substitute Memphis Depay to make it 0-2.

Overall, the team from Africa showed a good and courageous performance. The back three of the Netherlands was often faced with problems due to the fast vertical game, including fast players. However, this did not result in a very clear goal chance or even a hit.

The Netherlands showed a comparatively disappointing view of the big goals that Bonds coach Louis van Gaal had announced. It will take a noticeable improvement in performance if Oranje wants to make it at least to the semifinals.

This article was originally published on as Efficient Netherlands celebrate opening win against Senegal – network reactions to 2-0.