Update: 04.12.2022 22:20
Chúr (Qatar) – In the round of 16 of the world championship in Qatar, England’s footballers fulfilled their role as favorites and won smoothly 3:0 over Senegal. The reigning European vice-champions decided the match in Chúr with two goals at the end of the opening act, when Jordan Henderson and, for the first time in the tournament, captain Harry Kane scored. Bukayo Saka added the third goal in the 57th minute. In the quarter-finals, the selection of Albion will face the defending champions from France on Saturday.
The English made it to the round of 16 at the World Cup for the sixth time out of eight attempts. The Albion team did not lose even in the 22nd match against an opponent from Africa and scored a second consecutive 3-0 victory at the tournament in Qatar. Senegal, who dominated the African Championship in February, failed to follow up their 2002 quarter-final appearance at the World Cup in their second appearance in the knockout stages.
The attacking all-rounder Rashford, who scored two goals in the 3-0 win over Wales in the last group game and with three goals, shares the position of the team’s top scorer at the tournament in Qatar, was not included in England’s starting line-up. The Senegalese were without Idrissa Gueye due to a yellow card suspension and they are missing key forward Mané for the entire championship.
Although the English held the ball more from the beginning, they lacked ideas in the beginning and the opponent’s defense resisted. The Senegalese got the first big chance. In the 22nd minute, Dia complained in vain that his shot in the box was blocked by one of the defenders, then he sent the deflected ball in front of Pickford over Ismaila Sarr.
In the 31st minute, the African champion had an even better chance. Dia got in front of the goal and Pickford saved the English with a reflexive save. At the end of the 38th minute, the favorite struck from his first big chance. After a quick action, Bellingham ran into the goal and sent his pass from the first into the Henderson net. The Liverpool midfielder scored only the third time in the 73rd international match.
The English calmed down after the leading goal and increased the score before the break. Kane and Shaw were yet to break through, but at the end of the two-minute set-up, the reigning European runners-up went for another break and after Foden’s pass, Kane fired past Chelsea goalkeeper Édouard Mendy.
The 29-year-old English captain scored for the first time after three assists at the Qatar Championship. Kane scored his 11th goal in major tournaments, surpassing Lineker’s previous national record. The Tottenham striker has already scored 52 goals for the English national team and is one shot short of equaling Albion’s all-time top scorer Rooney.
The Senegalese coach tried to revive the game after the break with a triple substitution, but the favorite already had the game under control. In the 57th minute, the English, who finished fourth in the championship four years ago and have been waiting for gold from a major tournament since the 1966 World Cup, made it a third. The second assist was scored by Foden, whose ground cross into the box technically sent Saka into the net. He scored for the third time in Qatar.
The end of the match was just finishing. England equaled their highest ever knockout stage win at the World Cup and failed to concede in Qatar for the third time in a row. In the ongoing tournament, after the opening loss to the Netherlands, Senegal defeated the home team and Ecuador, but again it was not enough for another European opponent.
England – Senegal 3:0 (2:0)
Goals: 38. Henderson, 45.+3 Kane, 57. Saka. Referees: Barton – Morán (both Salv.), Nesbitt (USA) – Fischer (video, Kan.). ŽK: Koulibaly (Sen.). Spectators: 65,985.
England: Pickford – Walker, Stones (76. Dier), Maguire, Shaw – Rice – Saka (65. Rashford), Henderson (82. Phillips), Bellingham (76. Mount), Foden (65. Grealish) – Kane. Trenér: Southgate.
Senegal: THE. Mendy – Sabaly, Koulibaly, Diallo, Jacobs (84. Ballo-Toure) – Diatta (46. P. Sarr), Ciss (46. P. Gueye), N. Mendy, I. Sarr – Dia (72. Diédhiou), Ndiaye (46. Dieng). Trainer: A. Cisse.
Source: České noviny – sport by www.ceskenoviny.cz.
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