World Cup: Senegal Bow Out After England Defeat

Sunday, December 4
•France 3-1 Poland
•England 3-0 Senegal

Monday, December 4
•Japan Vs Croatia – 6pm
•Brazil Vs South Korea – 10pm


Senegal’s 2022 FIFA World Cup journey came to an end after a 3-0 loss against England in a round of 16 tie at Al Bayt Stadium in Qatar.

Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka were on target for the Three Lions as Senegal’s Lions of Teranga failed to provide a response.

Senegal had got off to a good start and defended with discipline against a well oiled Gareth Southgate side.

And they almost went ahead when Boulaye Dia was sent on goal only for Harry Maguire to provide a timely cover.

Ismaila Sarr also had a chance of his own but his effort was blocked by John Stones, but as Senegal enjoyed spells forward, they lost their shape at the back and England later capitalised.

Henderson finished off a sweeping move when England exploded forward for Jude Bellingham to provide a neat assist.

Kane, 2018 World Cup top scorer in Russia, also got off the mark in a move that involved Phil Foden and Bellingham.

Saka put the game to bed with a clever flick over helpless Edouard Mendy off a good assist from Foden.

The defeat ended Senegal’s stay in Qatar but Alliou Cisse will feel proud of his men after coming out of the group that had Netherlands, Ecuador and hosts Qatar.

Senegal did so without Sadio Mane after the Bayern Munich forward was ruled out after an injury on club duty.

It’s end of the road for the African champions who would have preferred another run as they did in 2002 World Cup when they knocked out Sweden at the round of 16 before falling to Turkey at the Quarters.

England who are searching for their second World Cup trophy, after their first in 1966 on home soil, will face France in the Quarterfinals on Saturday.

The defending champions blitzed past Poland 3-0, thanks to a brace from Kylian Mbappe while Olivier Giroud had scored an opener to overtake Thierry Henry as France’s all-time leading goal-scorer with 52 goals.

Morocco, Africa’s remaining side, will be in action on Tuesday when they face off with 2010 Winners Spain.

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