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World Cup 2022: Netherlands win Group A, Senegal secure place in knockout phase

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Nov 29, 2022

The Netherlands and Senegal will advance to the World Cup knockout stage from Group A after the Netherlands blanked Qatar and the African nation defeated Ecuador on Tuesday.

The Netherlands won Group A with a 2-0 defeat of Qatar, the host country. Senegal defeated Ecuador 2-1 to reach the knockout phase for the second time in the country’s history.

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Cody Gakpo of the Netherlands celebrates after scoring his team’s first goal against Qatar, at the Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor, Qatar, Tuesday, November 29, 2022.
(AP Photo/Moises Castillo)

Cody Gakpo scored midway through the first half against Qatar to go up 1-0. It was his third goal of the tournament. Frenkie de Jong then doubled the score five minutes into the second half. The team beat Senegal and drew Ecuador during their group stage schedule.

the The Netherlands is a three-time World Cup finalist, finishing third in 2014. The Dutch missed out on the World Cup in 2018.

Frenkie de Jong scores the second goal for the Netherlands during their World Cup match against Qatar, Tuesday, November 29, 2022.

Frenkie de Jong scores the second goal for the Netherlands during their World Cup match against Qatar, Tuesday, November 29, 2022.
(AP Photo/Darko Bandic)

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Senegal got a decisive goal from captain Kalidou Koulibaly in the 70th minute. His score came three minutes after Moisés Caicedo put one into the net to tie the game. If the match had ended in a tie, Ecuador would have advanced to the knockout stage.

Senegal last advanced to the knockout round in 2002. It was their tournament debut and they went all the way to the quarterfinals.

Senegal's Kalidou Koulibaly, right, celebrates with teammates during the World Cup match against Ecuador at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, November 29, 2022.

Senegal’s Kalidou Koulibaly, right, celebrates with teammates during the World Cup match against Ecuador at the Khalifa International Stadium in Doha, Qatar, Tuesday, November 29, 2022.
(AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

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Senegal awaits another dream race.

Associated Press contributed to this report.