African champions, Senegal lost their place in the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar on Monday night.
Late goals from Davy Klaassen and Cody Gakpo condemned the Teranga Lions to a 2-0 defeat at the hands of the Netherlands.
After struggling to a fruitless draw with their Dutch counterparts for 83 minutes, Senegal capitulated when it mattered most; Conceding two goals in the last moments, to end on a disappointing note.
Senegal certainly lost their talisman, as Sadio Mane, who was out injured, missed the chances that came their way.
The Lions are now bottom of Qatar, having also lost 2-0 to Ecuador in their first match.
On Friday, the bottom two teams will compete, and the top two teams in Group A will also compete on the same day.
Teranga Lions had a good chance to take the lead in the first minute when Ismaïla Sarr played a good pass to Boulaye Dia but his left-footed shot was blocked.
Sarri was presented with another chance to take the lead for Senegal in the ninth minute, but again, his left-footed shot from outside the box went just high.
After a few missed chances by Senegal, the Dutch soon entered the game; creating an opening for them.
Daley Blind came close to breaking the deadlock with a header from the center of the box in the 17th minute, but narrowly missed.
Vincent Janssen attempted a shot from outside the area two minutes later, but it was blocked as Senegal defended strongly.
The Oranje Men should have taken the lead in the 27th minute, but despite being unmarked, Virgil van Dijk’s header went wide.
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The Senegalese trio of Krépin Diatta, Idrissa Gueye and Denzel Dumfries had chances one after the other, but none of the trio could get behind.
As both teams tried hard, the first half ended in a fruitless draw.
With the game tied in the first 45 minutes, both teams continued to search for the elusive opening goal in the second half.
Virgil van Dyke In the 53rd minute, he presented himself with another chance, but his header from the center of the area was too big.
Senegal continued to ask questions with another right-footed right-footed shot by Boulaye Diak, but saw his effort saved in the bottom-right corner.
After Senegal’s attackers pushed back for a long time, the Netherlands finally got the opening goal they wanted in the 84th minute.
Frenkie de Jong sent an enticing cross into the Senegalese box, Cody Gakpo met the ball before the attacker Mendy got to him.
Pape Gueye managed to equalize almost immediately for Senegal, but his shot went wide for a corner.
While Gakpo’s solitary goal looked like it would be enough to seal victory, the Netherlands had time for one more goal in stoppage time.
Substitute Memphis Depay attempted a left-footed shot from outside the box, which was cleared by Mendy but on his feet Clarkson fired into the net to seal a decisive victory.
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