Edouard Mendy blamed for both goals as Senegal lose 2-0 to Netherlands

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Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy has come under fire for his role in both goals in Senegal’s 2-0 defeat to Netherlands in their World Cup opener.

After a goalless first half in which Frenkie de Jong spurned the best opportunity, both Netherlands and Senegal struggled to create clear-cut chances in the second half and it appeared both sides would labour to a goalless stalemate.

Cody Gakpo put Louis van Gaal’s side in front with six minutes to go as he nipped ahead of Senegal goalkeeper Edouard Mendy to head the ball into an empty net.

Mendy then palmed Memphis Depay’s tame shot straight into the path of Davy Klaassen, who sealed the win for Netherlands.

The result means both Netherlands and Ecuador have three points in Group A, while Qatar and Senegal are still looking for their first win.

Reacting to Mendy’s performance against Netherlands, Lianne Sanderson told talkSPORT: “Again I’m going to ask questions of Mendy. It wasn’t that strong a shot by Memphis, he almost pea-rolled it back to Klaassen. He’s got to do better there.

“I think both the goals were Edouard Mendy’s fault.”