England 3-0 Senegal

Two world champion teams will face each other in the quarterfinals of the 2022 World Cup. England dominated and beat Senegal, today (4), by 3-0, at the Al Bayt Stadium, and will face France in the search for the second championship (the creators of football won the FIFA tournament when they hosted the 1966 edition).

After suffering a few scares, the English team opened the scoring with Henderson. In the additions of the first half, Harry Kane disenchanted and extended the scoreboard for the English. It was the first goal scored by the top scorer in the 2018 World Cup in Qatar. Looser, the European team even expanded in the final stage, with Saka.

Now, England faces France in the quarterfinals, next Saturday (10), at 4 pm (Brasília time), also at Al Bayt. Earlier, the current world champions beat Poland 3-1, with a show and goals by Mbappé, and advanced to the next stage.

Bellingham dominates the midfield

England’s number 22 is not considered one of the main promises of world football for nothing. At the age of 19, Bellingham is one of the highlights of the European team in Qatar and showed this Sunday that the World Cup knockout does not scare him. Dominating the central area, he gave a pass to Henderson to open the scoring and clarified the play for Kane to expand, in a counterattack. The goals left the English calmer in the game.

Who was bad: Ismaila Sarr and Dia

Senegal needed to be deadly in attack to beat favorites England, and Ismaila Sarr and Dia failed to do their part. The forwards squandered a clear chance each when the score was still 0-0. At a disadvantage, the Africans didn’t have the strength to bother goalkeeper Pickford.

Senegal does not take chances

England goalkeeper Pickford saves Boulaye Dia's shot during a World Cup match against Senegal - Robert Cianflone/Getty Images - Robert Cianflone/Getty Images

Goalkeeper Pickford prevented Senegal’s goals in the last 16 of the Cup

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Senegal took advantage of a wrong exit from England and almost opened the scoring with 22 minutes of the first half. Dia received a cross and finished first. The ball hit the body and hand of Stones and was left to Sarr, who played over the goal. The referee waited for VAR to check for a possible penalty, but the match was soon resumed.

Shortly after, on the 31st minute, Sarr recovered the ball in attack and put it in for Dia. The attacker finished firmly and crossed and just didn’t open the scoring because Pickford made a great defense.

Who doesn’t, take

Senegal had two clear chances to open the scoring, and failed to do so. England, in turn, arrived with danger and sent it to the back of the net in the 38th minute of the first half. After a good collective play, Bellingham received a pass from Kane and crossed low, as Henderson opened the scoring.

Confident with the lead, England doubled before the break. Bellingham pulled back and cleared the game to a two-on-one situation. Foden played for Harry Kane, and the scorer scored his first goal in the Qatar Cup.

Kane closes in on Rooney’s record

With the goal scored in this Sunday’s match, top scorer Harry Kane reached 52 goals with the England national team shirt. He is one away from equaling record holder Wayne Rooney (53 goals in 119 games) and could overtake the former striker in the Qatar Cup, depending on his performance in the quarterfinals.

England triangulates and dominates Senegal

Henderson, Maguire and Bellingham celebrate England's goal against Senegal - Pablo PORCIUNCULA / AFP - Pablo PORCIUNCULA / AFP

England players celebrate a goal against Senegal

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With control of possession and a dominant midfield, the team coached by Gareth Southgate did not have many difficulties in neutralizing the African opponent. Except for wrong exits, which gave Pickford trouble mainly in the first half, the English occupied the offensive field and, better technically, triangulated and built the victory.

Africans press, but are exposed

Senegal’s selection had a strategy and almost opened the scoring from the pressure on the English ball output. After two wasted chances, the team coached by Aliou Cissé was leaked and lost on the pitch. In addition to feeling the first goal, the Senegalese continued to score high and opened the defense. With spaces on the break, Harry Kane and company lay down and rolled.

Datasheet

ENGLAND 3 X 0 SENEGAL
World Cup Round of 16
Date and time:
December 4, 2022 (Sunday), at 4 pm (Brasília time)
Place: Al Bayt Stadium, Qatar
Referee: Ivan Arcides Barton Cisneros
Assistants: David Jonathan Moran Santos and Katie Nesbitt
Yellow card: Koulibaly (Senegal)
Public: 65,985 people
Goals: Henderson, at 38′ Q1, Harry Kane, at 47′ Q1, and Saka, at 11′ Q2

ENGLAND: Pickford; Walker, Stones (Dier), Maguire, Shaw; Rice, Henderson (Phillips), Bellingham (Mount); Saka (Rashford), Foden (Grealish) and Harry Kane. Technician: Gareth Southgate.

SENEGAL: Édouard Mendy; Sabaly, Koulibaly, Abdou Diallo, Jakobs (Ballo); Ciss (Pape Gueye), Nampalys Mendy, Diatta (Pape Sarr), Ismaila Sarr; Iliman Ndiaye (Dieng) and Boulaye Dia (Famara Diedhiou). Technician: Aliou Cissé.

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