The Netherlands is looking to make two statements in its opening World Cup game on Monday against a Senegal team that has to quickly get over the loss of star forward Sadio Mane.
The first is strictly about football and establishing the team as a contender for the title in Qatar alongside the likes of top-ranked Brazil, defending champion France and Argentina. The Dutch have gained less attention in the buildup to the tournament after failing to qualify for the World Cup in Russia four years ago, but arrive as one of the top form teams in Europe.
“We have a great chance of also becoming a world champion,” said Dutch coach Louis van Gaal, who is back for a third spell in charge. “There are few coaches who dare to speak out like that, but I say this.” The second statement the Dutch want to make at Al Thumama Stadium in Doha centers around the long-running criticism of the World Cup host country’s laws and human rights record.
The Group A game against African champion Senegal is the perfect early challenge for the Dutch and a good indicator of how far they might go.
Senegal will be without talisman Mane, who was ruled out of the World Cup on Thursday with injury. Mane, 30, underwent surgery for the right lower leg injury he sustained in a league game for Bayern Munich two weeks ago, removing Senegal’s most potent attacking threat and the heart of the team.
Mendy – Sabaly, Cisse, Koulibaly, Ballo-Toure – Sarr, Mendy, Gueye – Sarr, Dia, Diatta
Pasveer – Timber, Van Dijk, Ake – Dunfries, Berghuis, De Jong, Gakpo, Blind – Bergwijn, Janssen
WHEN AND WHERE TO WATCH
Senegal vs Netherlands: Kick-off, live telecast and live streaming info
Where will the Senegal vs Netherlands World Cup opening match kick-off?
The Senegal vs Netherlands match will kick-off at the Al Thumama Stadium.
When will the Senegal vs Netherlands World Cup opening match kick-off?
The Senegal vs Netherlands match will kick-off at 9:30 PM IST on November 21, 2022.
Where can you watch the Senegal vs Netherlands match in India?
The Senegal vs Netherlands World Cup opening match will be telecasted live on Sports18 and Sports18 HD. On Android and well as iOS, the 2022 FIFA World Cup will be live streamed on JioCinema.
Where can you watch the Senegal vs Netherlands match outside India?
The following list shows where you can watch the Senegal vs Netherlands match outside of India
United States – TV: FOX, Telemundo; Live Stream: fuboTV, Fox Sports app, Telemundo Deportes En Vivo
Canada – TV: CTV, TSN; Live Stream: fuboTV, TSN app
United Kingdom – TV: BBC One; Live Stream: BBC iPlayer, BBC Sport Website
Australia – TV: SBS; Live Stream: SBS On Demand
New Zealand – TV: Sky Sports; Live Stream: Sky Sport
Malaysia – TV: RTM, Astro; Live Stream: Astro Go
Singapore – TV: Mediacorp Channel 5; Live Stream: StarHub TV+, IPTV, Singtel TV
Hong Kong – TV: BeIN Sports, ITV; Live Stream: Now TV, ViuTV
Nigeria – SuperSport and Showmax Pro.