Senegal and Netherlands will compete against one another at the 2022 FIFA World Cup on Monday. This is the first match of the group stage for both teams, who are in Group A alongside Colombia and Qatar, who played on Sunday. Both sides are thought of as underdogs with the potential to make waves in this matchup.
The Dutch are trying to make a point after not making it to the 2018 World Cup. Both sides are viewed as underdogs that could shock the world in this encounter. Despite having had lengthy tournament runs, the Netherlands’ current squad is substantially different from the one that advanced to the quarterfinals in 2014 and finished last in 2018.
Where to watch
Monday, Nov. 21 | Time: 11 a.m. ET
Al Thumama Stadium — Doha, Qatar
TV: Fox and Telemundo | Live stream: fuboTV ( free)
Odds: Senegal +575; Draw +275; Netherlands -189
In first, the group must prove that it can compete for the championship in Qatar against teams like top-ranked Brazil, the defending champion France, and Argentina. The Dutch have garnered less attention in the run-up to the competition after failing to qualify for the World Cup in Russia four years ago, but they still enter as one of the top teams in Europe. Third-time manager Louis van Gaal of the Netherlands said, “We have a wonderful opportunity to also become a global champion.”
Few coaches have the courage to speak out in that way, but I will say it anyway. The second speech the Dutch plan to deliver at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha will concentrate on the long-standing criticism of the laws and human rights record of the World Cup host country.
With their matchup against African champion Senegal, the Dutch have the perfect opening test and a reliable indication of their potential. Senegal’s national hero, Mane, will not be participating in the World Cup on Thursday due to an injury. The right lower leg injury that Senegal’s most dangerous offensive threat and the team’s beating heart, 30-year-old Mane, sustained in a league game for Bayern Munich two weeks ago, required surgery.
The Netherlands intends to make two statements against a Senegal team that must quickly recover from the passing of star scorer Sadio Mané in their FIFA World Cup 2022 opener on Monday (November 21). The first is exclusively focused on soccer and aims to establish the team as a title contender in Qatar among teams like top-ranked Brazil, reigning champion France, and Argentina.
The Dutch have garnered less attention in the run-up to the competition after failing to qualify for the World Cup in Russia four years ago, but they still enter as one of the top teams in Europe.