FIFA World Cup: Senegal Qualifies For The Next Round of 16
In a Just concluded final match of the first round,Senegal beat Ecuador 2-1,to qualify for the next round,a knock out phase, for the first time in 20 years ,(Since 2022) that would involve 16 teams.
The two senegalese goals were scored by Ismail Sarr(44th minute) and Kalidou Koulibaly(70th minute),Ecuador's only goal was scored in the 67th minute,by Moises Caicedo.Senegal thus finished second in their group with six points behind Netherlands.
Senegal advanced to the second round of the World Cup for the first time in 20 years after defeating Ecuador, 2-1.
Senegal dominated the first half with a relentless attack. Free kicks, corner kicks, shots on goal — Senegal did it all and created opportunity after opportunity, but failed to score. Then, in the final minute of the first half, they got their first real chance.
Ecuador’s Piero Hincapie body slammed Ismaila Sarr, earning a yellow card. Sarr lined up for the penalty kick and fired a shot low and to the left of Hernán Galíndez, who was frozen in his tracks and watched the ball fly by.
Ecuador, even with their star, Enner Valencia in the lineup after an injury their last match, had trouble finding a rhythm. That changed in the second half when Ecuador made two substitutions and took control. They played more aggressively, with their midfielders and strikers pressing and creating opportunities.
Ecuador scored its first goal off a free kick in the 67th minute. Moises Caicedo nailed a header into the back of the goal and Ecuador’s fans — the majority in the stadium — erupted, drowning out the drums of Senegal’s fans.
But the celebration was short-lived.
Barely two minutes later, Kalidou Koulibaly, Senegal’s captain, let the ball bounce once after a poor clearance in the box and fired in a right-footed shot past Galíndez, a shot that secured Senegal’s place in the second round.
In February, Aliou Cissé became the first manager to lead Senegal to the Africa Cup of Nations title. He’s now become the first Senegal manager since Bruno Metsu in 2002 to make the World Cup round of 16 – when he captained the team.