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2022 World Cup: Senegal demolish Ecuador into last 16

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Senegal advanced to the World Cup knockout rounds for just the second time in their history thanks to Kalidou Koulibaly’s composed volley against Ecuador at a boisterous Khalifa International Stadium.

All three goals were scored by English nationals, with Chelsea defender Koulibaly scoring a side-footer to beat Brighton midfielder Moises Caicedo’s penalty for Watford to tie the game.

Ecuador only needed one point to advance, but they paid a price for their inaction as Senegal’s supporters in Al Rayyan provided an almost constant cacophony of drumming that encouraged them to play harder.

The African champions took the lead rightfully after Watford winger Sarr was carelessly upended by Ecuador defender Piero Hincapie and calmly converted the penalty.

Caicedo’s goal off of a flick-on from Felix Torres gave Ecuador their first real opportunity to tie the game, but Senegal quickly took the lead again thanks to Koulibaly’s calm finish. Senegal knew that only victory would be enough to advance, barring an unlikely Qatar victory over the Netherlands.

The Dutch took first place in Group A by defeating the tournament hosts for the third time in three games with an easy 2-0 victory in Al Khor. They held out during a tense six minutes of stoppage time.

Given the Lions of Teranga, Aliou Cisse’s team might face England in the round of 16.

Aliou Cisse’s side are potential last-16 opponents for England given the Lions of Teranga will next face the winners of Group B – a berth Gareth Southgate’s team could seal later on Tuesday.

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