Tuesday, November 29
•Ecuador 1-2 Senegal
•Netherlands 2-0 Qatar
•Wales 0-3 England
•USA 0-1 Iran
Wednesday, November 30
•Australia Vs Denmark, 6pm
•Tunisia Vs France, 6pm
•Poland Vs Argentina, 10pm
•Saudi Arabia Vs Mexico, 10pm
Senegal will face off with England at the Round of 16 at the ongoing 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, it has been confirmed.
The Lions of Teranga beat Ecuador 2-1 to finish second in Group A to book a place in the knockout where they will face Group B winners England.
England confirmed their place at the summit with a 3-0 victory of Wales in a British derby thanks to goals from Marcus Rashford (2) and Phil Foden.
The Round of 16 tie will be played on December 4 at Al Bayt Stadium in Al Khor.
Ismaila Sarr converted from the spot to give Senegal, who needed nothing but victory in their last group game, an halftime lead.
But Ecuador came back into the contest through Moises Caicedo with the Brighton man sweeping in from a flick by Felix Torres.
Senegal then quickly responded through Koulibaly who slotted in from close range after Ecuador failed to defend a good freekick delivery.
Senegal becomes the first African team to reach the knockout at the ongoing World Cup in Qatar, but Morocco and Ghana are other strong contenders.
Tunisia and Cameroon who have a point each, will need at least a win to go out of their respective groups.
It’s a big achievement for Senegal who started the campaign after a blow when Sadio Mane was ruled out following an injury he picked at Bayern Munich.
It’s the second time for Senegal to reach the knockout having done so on their debut in 2002 in Korea/Japan.
Then, they came second in a group that had Denmark, Uruguay and France before beating Sweden in the round of 16 thanks to Henri Camara’s brace, including a golden goal.
But the team then, that had the likes of El-hadji Diouf and current coach Aliou Cisse, were eliminated by Turkey in the Quarterfinals, 1-0.
Senegal will fancy another good run deep into the tournament but they will have to double their efforts against a well oiled England side.
England and Senegal will be meeting for the first time in history, but the English will be banking on their decent history against the African van sides having beaten Cameroon 3-2 at the quarters of 1990 World Cup in Italy.
USA who held on to beat Iran, will face Netherlands in the opening game of round of 16.