The Netherlands began their 2022 World Cup campaign with a 2-0 win over African champions Senegal in Group A on Monday.

Cody Gakpo, the top scorer in the Eredivisie, scored on his World Cup debut in the 84th minute, and Davy Klaassen added a goal in stoppage time to give the Oranje a crucial victory.

Ecuador and the Netherlands are now tied for first place in Group A after both teams won their openers 2-0; they will face each other in their second group game on Friday.

On their return to the World Cup stage, the Netherlands defeated African champions Senegal 2-0 thanks to late goals from Cody Gakpo and Davy Klaassen.

Substitute Klaassen then sealed the win in injury time, scoring after Mendy had saved from Depay, who had also come off the bench.

The result ties the Netherlands for first place in Group A with Ecuador, who defeated hosts Qatar 2-0 in the tournament's opening match on Sunday.

The Netherlands play Ecuador on Friday, while Senegal now faces a must-win game against Qatar.

Senegal saw Bayern Munich superstar Mane, who finished second in this year's Ballon d'Or, withdraw from the squad on the eve of the tournament due to a leg injury.

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