England ends Senegal’s World Cup dream

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Three goals was all England needed to eliminate Senegal in the round of 16 encounter at the Al Bayt Stadium.

It was a very straight forward affair as weakened Senegal were picked apart thanks to goals from Jordan Henderson, Harry Kane and Bukayo Saka.

Senegal lost the service of Idrissa Gueye (accumulated yellow) and Cheikhou Konate (Injury) in central Midfield. The pairing of Nampalys Mendy and Pathe Cisse struggled to contain the English Midfield.

But they started the first half brightly, going toe to toe with England, they also created the first real danger when Boulaye Dia’s goal bound effort was beaten away by Pickford.

Another glorious opportunity fell to the path of Ismaila Sarr but the winger sent his shot over the crossbar, Senegal even had a penalty claim for a handball, but VAR disagreed.

England only needed a goal to take control of the encounter and they got it through the most unlikely source.

Jordan Henderson reacted quicker than Edouard Mendy to a loose ball in the middle of the box and angled his shot past the goalkeeper, they went on to strengthen their claim, when Harry Kane blasted a powerful shot past Mendy to give England a two-goal advantage heading into the break.

With two goal ahead England played much better in the second half and picked out the Senegalese with ease, and the third goal soon followed as Phil Foden deliciously picked out Bukayo Saka whose first time effort was enough to beat a helpless Mendy and book England’s ticket against France in the Quarter finals stages.

The defeat means Africa has only one team (Morocco) left in the tournament.

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