FIFA News: World Cup roundup: Netherlands, Senegal advance to knockout

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Cody Gakpo tallied in his third straight game to lead Netherlands past host Qatar 2-0 on Tuesday and into the knockout stage of the World Cup in Doha, Qatar.

The Dutch clinched Group A with the win, earning seven points.

Gakpo scored in the 26th minute followed by Frenkie de Jong’s goal in the 49th minute to cruise past the hosts.

Gakpo had a second goal wiped out after it was determined he handled the ball.

Qatar was already eliminated after its 3-1 loss to Senegal. They did not earn a point in this World Cup.

–Senegal 2, Ecuador 1

Kalidou Koulibaly scored in the 70th minute to send Senegal to its second knockout stage appearance in three World Cups.

Senegal needed the win in order to advance; a draw would have sent Ecuador to the knockout round.

Ismaila Sarr opened the scoring on a penalty kick in the 44th minute. Sarr was plowed into by Piero Hincapie to set up the kick from the spot.

Ecuador equalized in the 67th minute on a goal from Moises Caicedo. However, Senegalese captain Koulibaly delivered the game-winner three minutes later.

Senegal finished second in Group A with six points, one behind Netherlands. The African nation reached the quarterfinals in 2002 and was eliminated in the group stage in 2018.

–Field Level Media

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