Senegal vs. Netherlands score: Live World Cup updates from Group A as Oranje look to start strong

The Netherlands return to the world’s biggest stage on Monday when they take on Senegal in their opening match at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar. The Dutch failed to qualify in 2018, but they come in on a 15-game unbeaten run and are the favorite to win Group A. They face a Senegal squad that is without key player Sadio Mane who will miss the whole tournament but the side comes in as the reigning African Cup of Nations champion. Ecuador has already defeated Qatar 2-0 in the group’s opening match.

The Netherlands are eighth in the FIFA world rankings, while Senegal are 18th, and the teams have never faced each other. The Dutch reached the semifinals at the 2014 World Cup and have advanced from the group stage in all 10 appearances. Senegal are making their third appearance, and they failed to advance in 2018 but reached the quarterfinals in 2002.

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