England vs Senegal : England on Monday continued their free-scoring form to march into the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup 2022, beating Senegal 3-0 in their round of 16 match at the Al Bayt Stadium.
England vs Senegal highlights: Impressive England beat Senegal 3-0 to set up quarter-final and clash with France
England on Monday continued their free-scoring form to march into the quarter-finals of the FIFA World Cup 2022, beating Senegal 3-0 in their round of 16 match at the Al Bayt Stadium. With the win, England set up a last-eight clash with defending champions France, who beat Poland 3-1 on Sunday.
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Harry Kane, Jordan Henderson and Bukayo Saka scored another goal for the English team against the African champions in celebration. The impressive England have now scored 12 goals in the tournament, equaling their World Cup best score from the last edition in Russia.
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While Senegal had chances in the first half, England struggled to make an impact in the opposition’s final third, before Henderson broke the deadlock in the 38th minute. Kane opened his account in Qatar with a goal in first-half stoppage time before the African side recovered. Saka’s also add his goal, his third of the tournament, sealed the game for England in the 57th minute.
The victory extended England’s unbeaten run against African teams to 21 games, including eight at the World Cup. Morocco, who face Spain on Tuesday, are now the only African team left in the tournament.
The absence of the suspended Idrissa Gueye and the injured Cheikhou Kouyate left Senegal’s midfield too weak to cause England problems.
Sadio Mane who ruled out of the tournament with injury, the Africans also lacked the ability to trouble the England defence, which kept its third consecutive World Cup clean sheet for the first time in 20 years.
Although it was ultimately a satisfying victory, England will need to look at how and why it took so long to impose itself. They were slow and steady for most of the first half and many missed chances cost Senegal chances. The best of these came from Boulaye Dia and only a strong left hand strike from keeper Jordan Pickford prevented the Africans from taking the lead.
With tireless Senegalese drummers cheering their men on, the normally vocal England fans were muted – and had nothing to take for granted.
They found their voice after 38 minutes though when England inserted some pace down the left through Phil Foden and Jude Bellingham, who crossed for the late Henderson to stroke the opener.
Minutes later, Kane almost had a chance to equalise, and although his team were fit, their goal drought in the tournament came to an emphatic end in stoppage time of the first half.
Bellingham again broke out of his box and fed Foden, who fired an unstoppable shot into the captain’s path to become England’s eighth scorer in Qatar.
It was a lead that looked unlikely but England were brimming with confidence after the break and it didn’t feel like a contest anymore.