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Mendy disappoints, Sarr impresses as Netherlands edge Senegal in their World Cup opener

 Mendy had failed to deal with a cross in the box, allowing Cody Gakpo to score the first goal for the Netherlands. Then he later spilt Memphis Depay’s shot, with Davy Klaassen firing in to make it 2-0 deep into added time.

However, that was after Watford winger Ismaila Sarr had been a thorn in the flesh of the Dutch defence.

Sarr started from the off as he danced past Denzel Dumfries in the first minute before teeing up striker Boulaye Dia whose shot was tame.

He nearly scored later in the first half when he beat Dumfries again before finding space on the edge of the box but his powerful shot was headed out by Virgil van Dijk and he got on the wrong side of Matthijs de Ligt a few minutes later, put in a good pass in behind the Netherlands defence but there was no one to capitalise.

He also created Senegal’s best chance in the second half when he set up Idrissa Gueye on the edge of the box but the Everton man sent in a powerful shot directly at the keeper.

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