Newspapers see difficult Orange victory: ‘Orange looks powerless offensively’

The Dutch won their opening game yesterday at the World Cup in Qatar. After a difficult match, it was Cody Gakpo who took care of the redemption in the final phase. Deep in the stoppage time, it was Davy Klaassen who closed the game by scoring the 2-0. The Dutch newspapers also see a difficult, but important victory for the Dutch national team on Tuesday morning.

De Telegraaf: ‘Placement for the knockout phase is more or less a fact’

The seed that Louis van Gaal planted with his players months ago, that the Netherlands has a good chance of becoming world champion, has germinated. The Telegraph. The Netherlands does what it has to do, beat competitor Senegal. “With a victory in the pocket and the (third group) duel with the weak home country ahead, placement for the knockout phase is more or less a fact.” Still, the game of Orange did not look smooth. “The players say they form a group of friends, but against the champion of Africa it was disappointing to see that the Orange initially ran like a headless chicken.”

Algemeen Dagblad: ‘Orange looks powerless offensively’

It General Journal also sees that the Orange has started the final tournament with difficulty, but that does not matter for a while. ‘The result against Senegal (2-0) is excellent, against the probably toughest opponent in group A.’ In addition, it sees General Journal a leading role for debutant Andries Noppert. ‘Moreover, the story of the evening is clear: Noppert, the anti-hero from Joure, has neatly kept the “zero” at his unlikely dream debut at a World Cup.

Nevertheless, the game of the Dutch national team must also be looked at critically. ‘The match passes slowly and mind-numbingly, accompanied by a deafening drumming from a section full of Senegalese supporters. Orange plays sloppy and syrupy. Senegal mainly keeps the spaces small, seeks physical combat and is lurking on the counter.’ Memphis Depay could not change anything about the slow game of the Dutch either. “Offensively, the Orange looks powerless, even when Memphis Depay comes on after an hour of play.”

Het Parool: ‘Orange managed to keep Senegal out of the goal mouth fairly easily’

The parole also sees an important role for Noppert, who keeps his goal clean. Noppert does that immediately in the, on paper, toughest competition. ‘Orange managed to keep Senegal out of the goal mouth fairly easily.’ But nevertheless, the offensive did not go at all for the Orange. ‘It didn’t all go smoothly. The Orange played for a long time at a too slow pace, with too little offensive variation and creativity to make things really difficult for Senegal.’ However, there were also positive points to be gained from the game. Frenkie de Jong, with his dribbles and passes, was again the man the Orange was all about. He formed a nice tandem with Steven Berghuis right next to him. Vincent Janssen constantly dropped back from the striker and showed his qualities as a handball player.’

Volkskrant: ‘Goal from Gakpo somewhat happy reward’

The Netherlands, the team that strives for the world title, sometimes played football incoherently, although also with the prospect of much more and with passion, like an orange wave that washed over the field, with the goal of PSV’s star player as a somewhat happy reward. as can be read in the Volkskrant. ‘As expected, Senegal turned out to be an excellent opponent, full of discipline, technique and determination.’

In addition, the Volkskrant that Matthijs de Ligt experienced a difficult evening. The dribblers Ismaila Sarr and Krepin Diatta were menacing, skillful and fast. Matthijs de Ligt, instead of Jurriën Timber, was rash, as if he surrendered to Senegal’s national sport, wrestling.’

Trouw: ‘Offensively, the Orange brought too little variation’

Fidelity sees that the Orange has survived their first real test. ‘With that, the Orange has survived the first major hurdle towards the eighth finals with comfortable figures.’ But it wasn’t easy. ‘The pace was too slow, there were a lot of sloppiness in the passing and the Orange brought too little variation offensively.’ This was partly due to the tough opponent. ‘Senegal, champions of Africa, was what was expected: a tough, physically strong and well-structured team; offensively, it visibly missed the injured Sadio Mané,’ according to Trouw.

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