World Cup Rewind: Senegal, Netherlands, England advance, and more | Rare Techy
Senegal went into their final Group A match against Ecuador needing a win to advance to the 2022 FIFA World Cup and the African side did just that to join the Netherlands in the Round of 16.
Ismaila Sarr and Kalidou Koulibaly both scored for Senegal in a 2-1 win over Ecuador, booking their place in the knockout stages. Edouard Mendy made three saves to help preserve the victory as Senegal progressed and Ecuador were eliminated.
Senegal dominated the first half and were rewarded with a penalty opportunity before half time. Ismaila Sarr was brought down by Pedro Hincapie in the 42nd minute and the Watford forward stepped up to score just two minutes later.
Ecuador responded with more attacking pressure in the second half and tied things up in the 67th minute. Moises Caicedo headed home in the back of Mendy’s net, giving the Conmebol team a lifeline. However, Senegal would have the last laugh three minutes later.
Koulibaly capitalized on a save from Idrissa Gueye’s free-kick before curling a shot past Hernan Galiandez. It was Koulibaly’s first international goal for his country.
Senegal will aim to eliminate Ecuador and face Group B winners England on Saturday.
Here’s a closer look at all of Tuesday’s World Cup action:
Netherlands 2, Qatar 0
(Cody Gakpo 26′, Frenkie De Jong 49′)
The Netherlands remained unbeaten in group stage action on Tuesday after a 2-0 win over hosts Qatar.
Cody Gakpo continued his impressive goalscoring streak in the tournament, while Frenkie De Jong added an insurance goal for Louis Van Gaal’s side. Andries Noppert made three saves to earn his second clean sheet of the competition.
The Dutch will face the USMNT in the Round of 16 on Saturday.
After an early warning shot from Qatar, the Netherlands responded well and got the winner from their leading scorer. Gakpo latched on to Davy Klaassen’s pass and headed it past Meshaal Barsham for his third goal of the match.
De Jong doubled Holland’s lead in the 49th minute, finishing off a rebound in the box after Barsham’s original save on Memphis Depay.
The Netherlands will get their second win in three group stage matches.
Qatar exits the tournament as the first World Cup host nation to finish with zero points and zero wins.
Wales 0, England 3
(Marcus Rashford 50′, 68′, Phil Foden 51′)
England topped Group B on Tuesday after scoring three second-half goals to beat rivals Wales 3-0.
Marcus Rashford scored twice for the Three Lions while Phil Foden added his World Cup goal in a close win. Jordan Pickford posted his second clean sheet after finishing the match with one save.
Rashford’s 50th-minute free-kick gave England a 1-0 lead and began a period of dominance for Gareth Southgate’s side. Danny Ward couldn’t get to Rashford’s shot, watching it land in the top-right corner.
Phil Foden headed home Harry Kane’s pass just one minute later to double England’s lead and condemn Wales to two goals down. Kane’s low cross was met by the onrushing Foden.
Rashford capped a strong second half for England by latching on to a pass from Kalvin Phillips before beating three Wales defenders and Ward into the bottom corner.
England will meet Senegal in the round of 16, and Wales will exit the competition with one point.