Jostled by convincing Senegal but who lost Abdou Diallo and Cheikhou Kouyaté to injury, the Dutch made the difference at the end of the match for their entry into the World Cup (2-0) thanks to a major contribution from Cody Gakpo, a young player originally from a West African country.
After two one-sided matches to launch this World Cup, the match between Senegal and the Netherlands was to offer the first balanced confrontation of the competition.
The Lions of Teranga and the Oranjes were there to deliver an intense duel which should leave traces.
Thanks to late goals from Cody Gakpo (84th) and Davy Klaassen (90+9), the Dutch managed to snatch a precious success in their quest for the top of Group A.
Beyond the score, a man distinguished himself throughout this game, charming the viewers. It is of course Cody Gakpo, who opened the counter of his selection in this World Cup. An opportunity to look at his biography.
Born to a Togolese footballer father and a Dutch rugby player mother, Cody Gakpo was born on May 7, 1999 in Eindhoven, the Netherlands.
According to our information, his parents met in Togo, West Africa before flying to where will now be the country of their children.
As you will have understood, the Gakpo family has a special relationship with sport.
The father of the young star, Johnny Gakpo and his uncle Theo played for Entente 2 and the Togo national team before joining Europe.
“I was in the same neighborhood with his dad Johnny Gakpo. His uncle Théo and I had been in close contact from Belgium until now. His dad and his uncle played for Entente 2 and the Togo national team before they left for Europe”, testifies a relative of the family approached by AfrikPage.
After this first match, the African champions become third in Group A for the moment, meanwhile Netherlands occupy the first position while we are waiting for the next matches on Friday.