Cody Gakpo scores late goal to help Netherlands beat Senegal in World Cup as forward combines with fellow Manchester United target Frenkie de Jong

    Cody Gakpo struck late for the Netherlands in their 2-0 win over Senegal at the World Cup.

    The Dutch were given a tough test against their African opponents in the Group A match, but were able to find the all-important first goal in the 84th minute of the match.

    Gakpo headed in Frenkie de Jong’s cross, beating Edouard Mendy to the ball

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    Gakpo headed in Frenkie de Jong’s cross, beating Edouard Mendy to the ball

    Could they be doing this for Manchester United one day?

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    Could they be doing this for Manchester United one day?

    As the game approached the final stages, Frenkie de Jong sent a teasing ball into the area towards the head of Gakpo, who nodded past the oncoming goalkeeper Edouard Mendy.

    It was the Netherlands’ first shot on target all evening and the Manchester United transfer targets, who were both linked with moves to Old Trafford in the summer, were the ones to provide the breakthrough.

    Davy Klaassen then made the most of Mendy’s parried shot inside the area to make it 2-0 in second half stoppage-time to ensure the Dutch go joint top of Group A with Ecuador.

    The Lions of Teranga missed their talisman, Bayern Munich star Sadio Mane, at this tournament and though they battled hard, could not find a way past the debutant Dutch goalkeeper Andries Noppert.

    The largely disappointing match at Al Thumama Stadium was played in front of plenty of empty seats, despite organisers’ claims that the country is gripped by World Cup fever.

    However, the attendance was given as 41,721 – more than the stadium is actually listed to hold.

    Klaassen sealed the win for the Netherlands in stoppage-time with this goal

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    Klaassen sealed the win for the Netherlands in stoppage-time with this goal

    But a lack of fans won’t matter to the Gakpo and the Netherlands, who next face Ecuador on Friday afternoon, live on talkSPORT 2.

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