Senegal and the Netherlands qualified for the knockout stages of the World Cup on Tuesday (November 29th). The Dutch finished top of this group A (seven points), with two wins, against Senegal and Qatar, and a draw against Ecuador, while the African champions finished with six points, two wins, against Qatar and Ecuador, and a defeat against the Netherlands.
The Netherlands will open the ball for the round of 16 on Saturday at 4 p.m. French time against the second in group B, either England, Iran, the United States or Wales depending on the results of the matches. of this Tuesday. Senegal, African champion, will face the first of this same group B, Sunday at 8 p.m. French time.
► Senegal dispossesses Ecuador of its ticket for the eighth
Senegal recorded its second victory (2-1) in Group A of the 2022 World Cup against Ecuador on Tuesday, November 29, thus qualifying for the round of 16 in front of long-waiting South Americans.
As a tribute, this second ticket in the history of Senegal in a knockout match is confirmed two years to the day after the death of Pape Bouba Diop, defensive midfielder hero of the 2002 World Cup, during which the Lions had reached the quarter-finals.
Beaten in the opening match by the Netherlands, their distant heirs are not there yet. But with six points in pool, they improved their best passing time by one unit. Even deprived of Sadio Mané, their best injured player in Qatar.
► The Netherlands qualify by inflicting their third defeat in Qatar
Without stress or glitter, the Netherlands qualified at a slow trot for the round of 16, in first place in group A, by winning at the Al-Bayt stadium 2-0 against Qatar, who said goodbye in his tournament on a zero point.
The Dutch, put into orbit in the first period by the now inevitable Cody Gakpo, will face the second in group B on Saturday at 6 p.m. and will be accompanied in the next round by Senegal.
For the “Al-Anabi” (the “Bordeaux”), it’s a complete failure. Before the small Gulf emirate, only one of the host countries of the World Cup had been eliminated at the end of the group stage: South Africa in 2010, after a course however more honorable. Qatar is the first host country to lose its three group matches.