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Senegal Player Ratings: Mendy fails to hold on in World Cup disappointment against Netherlands

The Chelsea goalkeeper saved the worst for last but Watford winger Sarr impressed for the Teranga Lions

Senegal produced a good account of themselves before a late collapse, mainly due to goalkeeper Edouard Mendy’s two errors which saw them lose 2-0 to the Netherlands on Monday.

It was a disappointing end to a game that the Teranga Lions looked like they would get a point, after keeping the Dutch at bay for most of the contest.

However, winger Ismaila Sarr, preferred on the left in place of the injured Sadio Mane, provided a silver lining for Senegal. ASP rates how the Teranga Lions players performed.

Edouard Mendy (2/10):

The Chelsea goalkeeper had little to do for most of the game but came up short when called into action. Mendy handed the Netherlands all three points as it was from his two errors that Cody Gakpo and Davy Klaassen scored for the Dutch late on.

Kalidou Koulibaly (5/10):

The captain did not have a good game, losing his markers on numerous occasions and would have allowed Virgil van Dijk to score from a corner in the second half had the Liverpool defender not headed wide.

Pape Abou Cisse (6/10):

The defender performed slightly better than his centre-back partner and made important challenges against Steven Bergwijn and Daley Blind, especially in the first half.

Youssouf Sabaly (4/10):

The right-back struggled against Gakpo in the entire contest and would have seen the Dutch score an easy goal on the stroke of halftime when poor communication with Mendy nearly allowed the Dutch forwards onto a loose ball.

Abdou Diallo (4/10):

The left-back was beaten by Bergwijn who set up Frenkie de Jong but the Barcelona man hesitated to shoot, saving his blushes. He lasted 62 minutes before he went off injured to be replaced by Monaco man Ismail Jakobs.

Idrissa Gueye (7/10):

The second most impressive player for Senegal, the Everton midfielder was everywhere, dictating play from deep while also advancing forward. He nearly scored from the edge of the box later in the second half while also provided calmness in midfield.

Cheikhou Kouyate (4/10):

Until he was stretched off in the 71st minute, the Nottingham Forest midfielder had not impressed after being beaten to numerous challenges on the ground and in the air where his strength lies.

Nampalys Mendy (5/10):

The Leicester City midfielder had a quiet game in midfield and preferred to stay deep rather than roam forward. He made a few challenges but did not offer much going forward as was expected, forcing Gueye to take matters into his hands.

Krepin Diatta (3/10):

Preferred on the right wing, the Monaco man rarely threatened and had a great opportunity to score in the second half when Gueye found him at the near post but he fired wide.

Boulaye Dia (3/10):

Another forward who had a game to forget, Salernitana striker Dia had a chance to score in the first minute when Sarr teed him up but his shot was tame. He was replaced in the 68th minute by Bamba Dieng.

Ismaila Sarr (8/10):

Only a goal prevented him from having a perfect night but the Watford winger was the standout player in the Teranga Lions squad. Sarr was tasked with replacing Mane and did well, creating numerous chances which were either saved by the goalkeeper or missed by his teammates.

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