Netherlands, Senegal declare victories to succeed in World Cup knockout

Kalidou Koulibaly despatched Senegal into the World Cup knockout levels for simply the second time of their historical past with Tuesday’s dramatic 2-1 win over Ecuador, whereas the Netherlands completed high of Group A after toppling host nation Qatar 2-0.

The Netherlands’ dominant win over Qatar meant that solely a win would see Senegal by to the knockouts from Group A, whereas Ecuador would have progressed with a draw.

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Senegal opened the scoring by Ismaila Sarr’s penalty late within the first half, however regardless of managing to maintain Ecuador captain Enner Valencia quiet all through, Brighton’s Moises Caicedo equalized within the 67th minute earlier than Koulibaly despatched his group by and Ecuador residence.

Senegal supervisor Aliou Cisse promised earlier than the sport that his skilled facet would “not overthink” the event and it was the Africans who opened the sport furiously, with Everton’s Idrissa Gana Gueye lashing the ball simply vast of an open purpose after simply three minutes.

Lower than a minute later, Ecuador goalkeeper Hernan Galindez wanted to avoid wasting his facet’s towering again line, sliding in to smother a counter properly outdoors his field.

Within the tenth minute, Senegal’s Boulaye Dia was one-on-one with Galindez, however he lower the ball simply vast of the publish.

Ecuador, seemingly dropped at life by Senegal’s fiery opening, pushed ahead and gained a free-kick 30 meters from purpose, with the South People taking the chance for a uncommon breather earlier than Valencia slammed the ball into the wall.

After the frantic opening exchanges, either side started to settle and the primary half seemed set to finish goalless earlier than Ecuador defender Piero Hincapie clattered into Sarr, giving referee Clement Turpin no selection however to level to the spot.

Sarr stepped up and coolly despatched a high quality spot-kick previous Galindez, sustaining eye contact with the keeper because the ball went in.

Ecuador began the second half brisker and extra decided, maybe reassured that the Netherlands’ dominance over Qatar meant they solely wanted a draw to undergo.

From a free kick, defender Felix Torres rose excessive to go the ball on to Caicedo, who was ready on the far publish and slammed the ball residence.

Senegal hit again instantly and in virtually similar trend, with Koulibaly lurking unmarked on the far publish after a free-kick was deflected into his path by Hincapie.

Getting into the match on a yellow card, Gueye was booked within the second half and can miss Senegal’s spherical of 16 match towards the Group B winners.

(Axadle with AFP)

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