Despite the absence of key player and star Sadio Mane, Senegal managed to reach the round of 16 of the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The African team won 2-1 in the decisive match against Ecuador in the last game of the group stage. Senegal will play the winner of Group B, while the Netherlands won the same group after beating Qatar 2-0 to play the second-placed player in Group B. Chelsea defender Kalidou Koulibaly scored the decisive goal of the match just minutes after how Ecuador was able to equalize in the second half of the game.
Senegal started well in the first half and played much better football than Ecuador. The African team had two clean chances with Idrissa Gouye and Boulaye Dia but failed to open the scoring. Later, a foul by Ecuadorian defender Piero Hincapi on Ismail Sarr was deemed sufficient to convert the penalty. The same Sarr took the ball and scored before the end of the first half.
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The second part of the game started much better for the South American team. Coach Alfaro decided to replace Alan Franco and Carlos Grueso with José Cifuentes and Jeremy Sarmiento. This move definitely produced much better results on the pitch and Ecuador equalized thanks to Moises Caicedo. However, this did not last long. Three minutes later, Kalidou Koulibaly took advantage of a defensive error on a free kick to score Senegal’s winning goal. Twenty years after Senegal last played in the round of 16 of the World Cup. The match will take place on Sunday at 14:00 (FS1/Telemundo).