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World Cup 2022: Gakpo earns back Van Gaal’s confidence

World Cup 2022: Gakpo earns back Van Gaal's confidence

On Monday in Doha, the Netherlands defeated Senegal 2-0 thanks to two late goals. The game’s star performer was Cody Gakpo, who scored the game’s pivotal goal to establish himself as one of the tournament’s players to watch. World Cup 2022: Gakpo earns back Van Gaal’s confidence would Cup 2022: Gakpo earns back Van Gaal’s confidence

Six minutes from time, the Netherlands No. 8 glanced in a header after connecting with Frenkie de Jong’s teaser cross ahead of the stranded Senegal goalkeeper Eduoard Mendy. Senegal’s resistance was ultimately broken at that precise moment by the Netherlands’ first shot on goal in 84 minutes.

The Dutch would score another goal before the evening was out when Davy Klaasen capitalized on Mendy spilling Memphis Depay’s shot in the ninth minute of added time in front of thousands of empty seats at the Al-Thumama stadium. For a Senegal squad still reeling from Sadio Mane’s injury, which may end up being a permanent problem for the defending AFCON winners, it wasn’t one of Mendy’s best performances.

World Cup 2022: Gakpo earns back Van Gaal's confidence
World Cup 2022: Gakpo earns back Van Gaal’s confidence

In addition to his evident strengths on the field, Mane has an impact on this Senegal side off the field as well. Senegal’s team, which had great hopes of making an impression in Qatar, was dealt a devastating blow when Mane, a Senegalese icon who plays for Bayern Munich, withdrew from this tournament on the night of it.

Senegal coach Aliou Cisse was defiant and said, “I don’t think the scoreline is a fair reflection of the game, I am really pleased with my boys.” Cisse’s issues grew as both Abdou Diallo and Cheikhou Kouyate left the game in the second half due to injury.

A Netherlands team led by Gakpo, who has garnered some supporters in recent seasons, punished Senegal. He is 23 years old and is entering this competition at the peak of his game. In 14 games this season in the Dutch Eredivisie, he has tallied nine goals and twelve assists. Of all players in the Eredivisie, Premier League, Bundesliga, Ligue 1, Serie A, and La Liga, his total is the highest.

Gakpo stated after the game, “I don’t think I’m the great hope for this club. We work together and have great players and a great team, but if I can help this team, it brings me a lot of joy.

Numerous of Europe’s top teams have expressed interest in him due to his ball-striking prowess, eye for a cross or a shot, turn of speed, and sheer stature and power. One of them is Manchester United, led by Erik ten Hag, a Dutchman and former Ajax coach.

In August, the left-sided forward, who was considering moving to England, consulted his national team’s coach Louis van Gaal, who served as Manchester United’s manager from 2014 to 2016. Van Gaal advised Gakpo to continue playing for his boyhood club PSV in order to guarantee his spot as a vital member of his Netherlands team.

Gakpo took the advice to heart and is now reaping the benefits. He has not only established himself as the star player at PSV, where he is honing his skills under the tutelage of former Manchester United striker Ruud van Nistelrooy but has also become a vital part of Van Gaal’s squad, even though the coach was only pleased, if not overjoyed, with the team’s performance.

Van Gaal, who is on his third stint as the national team’s coach, stated, “I always had the feeling we were going to score a goal.” “Although it was a clean victory, I also believed that we were more physically fit than the Senegalese because they were on the ground every two minutes. Therefore, even if I don’t think it was a good match from us, I think it was a well-deserved victory.”

The Netherlands are currently undefeated in 16 games under Van Gaal, and some believe they could be the tournament’s biggest surprise. They stand a chance now that Gakpo is under attack.

Source: summarybio.com